Born to a 100-year ranching heritage, Herb Mignery developed an early fascination with the fluid movement of horse and rider, forming the basis for his strength in sculpting motion. Early forays into singing country music with a band and cartooning in the Army eventually gave way to sculpting. Mignery’s subjects are often traditional Western figures but also include the more subtle characters of the old and contemporary West: shepherds, settlers, and schoolteachers.
Mignery’s subjects often depict the difficult lives led by the people of the West. The figures have a certain elegance and sense of classical composure in spite of the fact that they are not idealized. Details and accoutrement tell about the subject, their profession, and their lives so that each sculpture completes a piece of the story of life in the West. The beauty of imperfection is what is seen, for it is the imperfection that reveals the hidden tales of the figures’ lives.
Mignery’s commissions number in the triple digits and vary in size from the 10-inch Pioneer Award presented at the Academy of Country Music, to numerous monuments up to 20 feet in height.