Gold Star Mother… MINE!

Gold Star Mother, Larry Carroll

Another new piece of art added to my collection.  Gold Star Mother is a moving oil painting by my brother Larry.  He’s a director living in Hermosa Beach, California and has directed hundreds of television commercials, many hours of television, award winning short films, and currently teaches at UCLA.

He also paints and takes photographs on a daily basis.  This piece is from his series of oil paintings titled “Soldiers” exhibited at the “Group W Artists” show in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

 Note: Shortly after World War I the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. was formed in the United States to provide support for mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war. The name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called a Service Flag in the window of their homes. The Service Flag had a star for each family member in the military. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star.

Outside of his commercial work, Larry’s first foray into long-form work was the short film CAMUS’ SHOES, which won numerous awards, including the GOLD AWARD for Best Dramatic Short at Worldfest Houston. It was written by Berkshire Native Mike Cleary and lead actor also native Kevin Yon.  This was followed by the feature length documentary SAM KINISON: WHY DID WE LAUGH?, a profile of the late comedian that aired on HBO and Comedy Central. It was greeted very enthusiastically, winning among other awards, BEST DIRECTOR at the New York International Film and Video Festival. In episodic TV, Larry co-created and directed “Peacemakers,” starring Tom Berenger, which aired on the USA Network.

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