The mural man

Haleyville artist brings Cabo closer to restaurant’s customers

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/31/17

Customers of Cabos San Lucas in Jasper may imagine that they feel an ocean breeze wafting over their dishes of Mexican food these days.

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The mural man

Haleyville artist brings Cabo closer to restaurant’s customers

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Customers of Cabos San Lucas in Jasper may imagine that they feel an ocean breeze wafting over their dishes of Mexican food these days.

Haleyville artist Robert Raburn recently completed a series of island-themed murals around the restaurant.

Raburn worked on the panoramic scene after hours, coming in between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and painting until 6 a.m. for nearly two weeks.

The murals were inspired by Raburn’s research of the city Cabo.

“They’re takeoffs on some actual locations all over the island. I put them together to make a consistent scene all the way across,” said Raburn, who painted Cabos San Lucas’ Haleyville location several years ago.

Raburn’s style should look familiar to former customers of Country Classic Bingo. Raburn created several western murals, including one celebrating the early history of firefighters, for the business, which was located on Highway 78 near the site of Uncle Mort’s.

One of his projects involved turning a former carousel horse into a display piece.

“I was the creative and marketing director over there. I did about six murals altogether, and I created billboards for the artists who came to perform,” Raburn said.

He has worked more extensively in Winston County, where his clients have included schools, a nursing home, a hospital and a library.

Raburn has also assisted with the revitalization of storefronts throughout downtown Haleyville.

His painting “Reforestation,” a reproduction of a mural painted on the wall of the Haleyville post office in the 1940s, was unveiled in 2010.

Raburn became a professional artist at the age of 8.

“We lived in Memphis, and my sister was an avid Elvis fan. When he died, I made a poster-sized picture of Elvis. She liked it so much that she got me a few other sales,” he said.

After completing a degree in marketing and advertising, he spent several years in the ad industry before relocating to Haleyville.

His first commissioned mural was for a nursery.

“A buddy of mine was having a baby. I did a baseball field where the players were cartoon characters like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny,” Raburn said.

Raburn is currently considering a move to Pensacola in order to expand his business.