He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art on a scholarship, where he received high marks for his paintings and drawings.
After graduating, he served in the United States Air Force during World World War World War II In 1948, they purchased the property of their future home in Cheyenne Canyon, where Starr designed and built a house and art studio. They had three children: Madelin, Michael, and Charlotte. Starr began to work in bronze sculpture in 1955, which he sold to collectors around the United States.
As of 1977, his vision had blossomed into the creation of elaborate steel wind sculptures, each of which took him up to three years to construct.
His kinetic wind sculptures were designed to exhibit graceful movement and interaction with the wind, and took the form of birds and wind vanes, often soaring to more than fifty feet in height. Starr Kempf committed suicide by gunshot on April 7, 1995.