Having a custom-painted wall mural by Jason Hulfish, a professional artist based in Tampa Bay, FL, is usually reserved for those who can afford the hefty price tag. But when the IMPACT Foundation, a nonprofit started by Buccaneers linebacker Shelton Quarles, asked the artist to spruce up the walls of some needy families, he was thrilled to oblige.
The murals were for the Farmer’s – one of two single-mother families chosen to receive a complete home makeover. And while Hulfish usually has the opportunity to meet the families beforehand with ample time to complete each project, this time he was given only five days and a small clue as to what each child would want.
In the end, he chose a colorful splash of pink hearts for 9-year-old Amber Farmer, and a graffiti-style design for her big sister, 16-year-old Meghan. Luckily for him, his design ideas were spot-on and both girls fell in love with their new rooms.
In addition to Hulfish’s involvement with the IMPACT Foundation, he also donated his time and artistic vision to creating a cartoon mural of flowers and sea creatures for the dining area at the St. Petersburg Children’s Hospital.
Growing up in a struggling single-parent household himself, Hulfish knows firsthand why giving to those in need is so important. Surely his impact will be enjoyed by many for years to come.