Gary Starr grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts and became interested in carving and birds under the influence of his father, Dr. George Ross Starr Jr. MD, and grandfather, Herbert Kelley. In 1956, under his father’s supervision at the age of nine, Gary carved his first bird, a miniature Black Duck. After attending Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass. and the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Gary worked in the Hospitality Industry for 25 years before his career took off in carving.
In 1987, Gary started Starr Decoys in Weybridge, just outside Middlebury, Vermont with the concept to develop an artistic style and to create all his own work without help. Gary and his wife Kathy are avid bird watchers and have traveled throughout the world on birding tours. Other interests include spending time with their two children and four grandchildren and working with all comers on our Common Loon project.
His work is displayed and retailed in 16 outlets across the country including The Museum of American Folk Art in NYC, Frog Hollow in Burlington, VT and Gallery 2 in Venice, CA. Examples of his work may be found at www.starrdecoys.com.