Carroll Cloar (1913-1993) was born outside Earle, Arkansas. He lived on a cotton farm with his parents, two older brothers, and an older sister, who unfortunately died. Cloar was not particularly close to either of his parents. He was fearful of his father, and later he would paint his father as a large and intimidating man. His relationship with his mother was warmer, but still they were never very close. Cloar's mother did tell wild stories that influenced his painting.