PHOTOS — Juan Esparza paints Purple and White inspiration

Published 9:00 am Monday, December 9, 2019

Juan Esparza of Groves paints a basketball player in the colors of the Port Neches Groves Indians on a utility box at the corner of Twin City Highway and Hogaboom Road on Friday.

Each side of the box will feature an athlete from a different sport: basketball, baseball, football and soccer. At the time the photos were taken, baseball and soccer were finished and Esparza hadn’t started on football yet.

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Painting is something that Esparza loves. He heard that PNG athletes as a painting subject were a common request, and since his children attend PNG he wanted to paint something that would inspire area students.

Esparza has also painted a mural at Sylvia’s Florist on the side of the building facing the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard. The mural is painted as a postcard that says “Welcome to Groves,” depicting various Groves landmarks like the police and fire stations.