Herb had a keen interest in art from childhood, being born in 1923 into a family full of artists.
During high school, he showed promise as a prize-winning art student, and then developed his skills further when he entered the military. Stationed in Texas and Guam, Herb entered the Army Air Force and was assigned to do graphic arts, visual aids and newspaper work.
Upon returning to the States, he got married, joined an art studio and began working freelance for book publishers and commercial advertising in New York City. He went on to raise four children and become a well-known illustrator for books, magazines, cover jobs, commercial advertising and documentary series paintings.
He built a national reputation for detailed renditions of railroads, ships, planes, Civil War battles and, later in life, western art, cowboy life and Native American renditions.
Inducted into the Society of Illustrators in New York City in 1952, he became a lifetime member and art exhibitor.
He did 52 cover paintings for Railroad Magazine between 1949 and 1954 in addition to interior illustrations for stories in men’s adventure magazines and pen and ink for “pulp” publications. He also illustrated many books, and is best known for “Great Trains of All Time” and “Great Cars of All Time.”
Herb embarked on doing a series of commissioned works for the Railroad Museum Hall of Fame and Civil War paintings for the Vicksburg Battlefield Museum. In 1956, he became a member of the team commissioned to do documentary paintings, plane illustrations and action scenes for the United States Air Force Museum art collection and produced 50 historic paintings. He did the same with a series of historic paintings for the United States Coast Guard over a 20-year period.
He loved to travel and these jobs took him to Alaska, Guam, Greenland and many U.S. states.
In 1992, Herb packed up and moved to the Southwest, where he spent many years living and painting in the New Mexico art world of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos. He moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 2006 to be closer to his son and to medical facilities, and eventually moved to Moab, Utah, in 2013 to live near his only daughter.
Herb resided at the Canyonlands Care Center in Moab for more than four years until his passing. He kept busy doing sketches and watercolor paintings while living there, and still exhibited and sold some of his work during this time. He loved art and was an artist to the very end of his life.
Herb was preceded in death by his son, Steven; and former wife, Nan (Georgiana) Mott.
He is survived by his daughter, Patrice (Moab, Utah), and sons Jeffrey Mott and family (Sunnyvale, California) and Gary Mott and family (Manton, California). He also leaves behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family thanks everyone on staff at the Canyonlands Care Center and all the extended departments for their love and compassionate care. Everyone on staff did an outstanding job. Herb was very happy living at the care center and loved everyone there. We are grateful that his last years were so good.
A service was held at the care center, and cremation has taken place. Donations can be made in Herb’s name to the Canyonlands Care Center.