Supergraphics- residential

Supergraphics- residential

in Rochester, New York




      As a moonlight project, while employed at the Kodak Research Laboratories, Steve Hines was commissioned to paint “super graphics” in the stairwell and hallway of the home of Ray Kicklighter, Steve’s supervisor at Kodak.  Red lines follow the walls and hallway.  Steve painted the family, on the wall of the stairs, going up to bed with Ray carrying a chamber-stick candle holder.  The graphics became a focal point in their home and was used in their Christmas cards.  







      After paying a deposit toward an agreed fixed price, half way through the project Ray Kicklighter said  “I think I’ve already paid enough, but what can you do about it?  Your job [at Kodak] means too much to you and you’re not the kind of person to quit in the middle of a project.”  

      Ray was correct in that Steve’s position at Kodak meant a great deal to him.  Steve did not report the situation to management.  Apparently, Ray did not think it through that it would have been his job lost if Steve had reported the extortion to Kodak management.  Steve honored his half of the agreement and completed the graphics project.  Ray’s abuse of his position as Steve’s supervisor severely damaged Steve’s respect for Ray and undermined their relationship for Steve’s remaining time at Kodak until accepting a job offer from Disney.  This is just FYI for those who would not have guessed this could happen, begging the question if Ray’s saving a few hundred dollars was worth the legacy he created.