In December 2022, Philip created his largest mural to date at Emerald C's in downtown Jacksonville for friends Brittany and Jesse Culbreth .
For those who don’t know, Emerald C’s is a commercial construction business owned and operated by the Culbreths and happens to be next to the Jacksonville Jaguars home at Everbank Stadium.
The first go around, Philip, his wife Elizabeth, and team had a blast painting the 100ft long piece, and we all agreed the opposite side of the building needed to have some action too.
This time, Philip had painted the wall that faces the infamous Duval and Talleyrand streets known for epic tailgating. The mural will be seen by all who make the loop and features Philips “Emerald Jag”, flanked by his well-known tropical plants and bookended with alligators, an homage to the University of Florida, where Brittany and Jesse met pursuing their degrees.
The Jaguar also has a few extra special touches that one might not notice right off the bat - his left eye is half blue and half brown, depicting the Culbreth's oldest son Mason’s unique eye coloration. Of course we added a Monster Truck for Brittany and Jesse's youngest son Casey, too! This is one of the parts Philip loves the most about commission work, integrating unique features that are important to the client.
The team started out with help from the Walkers friends, Bryan "Schmitty" and wife Abbey as well as gallery manager, Ally. They made major headway, knocking out the center image in just a day and the entire right side by end of day two. Schmitty and Abbey were total troopers and can now add artist assistant to their professional resumes. We truly couldn't have had better people on our side and are extremely grateful for the help and man/woman power!
Although we loved working outside in the gorgeous fall weather that we look forward to all year, you still can never trust the radar in Florida. (That should really be hashtag, am I right?) Naturally, rain delayed the mural for a few days but Philip and Elizabeth were back at it by that weekend doing what they do best and keeping the hustle real. A few minor setbacks also occurred, but a broken down car, twisted ankle and red fire ant bites only fueled the squad more to be prepared for anything and finish strong.
Of course football season is in full swing so the pressure to finish the wall was ON and we didn’t want to disappoint. With precise attention to detail in every jaguar spot and intricate alligator scale, it's safe to say that the rest of the mural went smoothly and with lots of snack breaks (our favorite besides dance breaks) and running around entertaining the Walker's trio of pugs.
You don't have to wait until game day to check out the mural, just head to Philips social media pages to see more footage and the behind the scenes process too!