JKV in the Grand
© 2016
South of Laramie WY somewhere
© 2014
Wyoming reading Spot
© 2014

Mel reading in the cold morning light in Wyoming

JKV Painting at the Rock
© 2014
Paintings boats and books art show
© 2013
Paintings boats and books show
© 2013
2010 summer on Paint Creek.
© 2010

The imprint a pair of Chaco sandals leaves goes way beyond the tan:)

 

Painting Paint Creek
© 2010

Part of the Plein air episode of Painting Paint Creek. A day on the water with fishing poles, paints and friends.

Melissa in Conkles Hollow
© 2010

Winter hiking..

Markay Cultural Arts Center show
© 2009

Had a good crowd at the opening for my show of 42 pieces at the Markay Cultural Arts Center this November. The Markay , Jackson OH is still being rennovated through the hard work of  The Southern Ohio Arts Council and the leadership of Barbara Summers. It was an old thater and will soon become a performing arts center as well as gallery. If you are interested in contributing to a great cause, contact: Markay: Barbara Summers, 269 E. MainSt., Jackson OH.

Melissa in Wilson Idaho
© 2009
Newgrassin 09
© 2009
Boatin and loving Idaho
© 2009
Keith, Joan, Jake Pitzer-String Fever
© 2009

Keith and Joan Pitzer have been performing for over thirty years in a variety of musical formations including rock ‘n roll, bluegrass, singer/songwriter and Celtic.

As a duo their folk-oriented roots music accentuated with their strong vocal harmonies, Keith’s unique and masterful guitar playing and harmonica and Joan on bass and pennywhistle might put one in the mind of some of the great folksingers like Ian and Sylvia Tyson or Gordon Lightfoot. Their songs are of rural America with stories that reflect a deep affection for the landscape and a sense of place within it.

Most recently they have been performing as part of the trio, String Fever, which includes Jake Pitzer on mandolin. Their third son, Jake grew up listening to his parents and learned to play guitar to many of his father’s songs before beginning to write his own music. Playing briefly in a bluegrass group he picked up and taught himself to play the mandolin.

Influenced by the playing of Sam Bush and David Grisman, Jake brings a ‘newgrass’ flavor to blend with an Americana roots folk style while retaining a traditionalist’s love for classic folk and bluegrass. Audiences may quickly note the “like-father-like-son” cliché as father and son trade a few licks with the interplay of guitar and mandolin. Photo courtesy of Greg Boyce (gboyce@mix.wvu.edu)

Illustrating songs at the Laurel Mt. Coffee House
© 2009

Illustrating 2 prepicked songs by the Pitzers. www.laurelmountainmusic.com Photos courtesy of Greg Boyce (gboyce@mix.wvu.edu)

Me and Rick kicking off the night...
© 2009

Towards the end a story Rick was telling we were lead into the Dylan song "Don't Think Twice".

Sensory Serenade artists
© 2009

Ellen and I drawing on the first night.

The Setup at Schlegels for the 5th and 6th Sensory Serenade
© 2009
I'm just enjoying a night of Sensory Serenade.
© 2009
The artist 2nd night Sensory Serenade
© 2009

Ellen Doerres and Me work up our ideas in front of the crowd

Sensory Serenade
© 2008

Sensory Serenade, November 28 & 29 A sell out crowd enjoyed 2 nights of live collaborative performances of art, music and poetry with Rick Barnes & John K. Victor while savoring gourmet coffees and handmade desserts at Schlegels Coffee House, Chillicothe. We were accompanied by special guests performers. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com

Sensory Serenade guest performers
© 2008

Left, guest artist Ellen Doerres and myself paint and draw;middle, guest poet Carma Baker reads her poems, and guest musician Richard Moore performs his songs. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com

Sensory Serenade setup at Schlegels Coffee House
© 2008

Rick Barnes and special guest musician Jeff Redefer, put on am entertaining show while we work on our paintings. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com

Sensory Serenade wrap up
© 2008

This is about the end of the show when, the artists, me on the left, explain what we illustrated and read the poem that inspired the works. It brings the whole show together and gives it a nice close. Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com

Sensory Serenade at Schlegels Coffee House
© 2008

Some funny stories were shared..

Sensory Serenade at Schlegels Coffee House
© 2008

Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com

Sensory Serenade at Schlegels Coffee House
© 2008

I was working on Mr. Wills Calendar, a poem by Rick Barnes. The poem to me, said, "enjoy today, that's all you have, yesterday is gone forever and the memories fade". Photos courtesy of Robert P. Gough. www.RPGough.com

Hibernation 2. June 14, 2008
© 2008

Another fun night of music, poetry, art and food....

Drawing at Hibernation 2, June 14, 2008
© 2008

Another Hibernation event of music, poetry, art and food. I was illustrating the poem by Rick Barnes, "Things that rust".

Melissa shreddin'
© 2008

My wife borrows this shredder, with a rowing frame on it, and makes it earn it's name.

Lower Keeney, New River Gorge, 2007.

Coyote on the property
© 2008

Coyotes are common around here. Noisy, nighttime ghosts that you rarely see, but hear often..

Hibernation, the show.
© 2008

"Hibernation: A Unique Performance," took place on April 12th. My friend, a local musician and poet, Rick Barnes played original songs and read from his newly published book of poetry, "Hibernation," (to order a book: rickodiamonds@gmail.com).

I illustrated my take on a few pre-chosen poems from the book, all while diners enjoyed their meals. The event was free with the purchase of dinner. It was emceed by David Sky, a very good professional storyteller and speaker (www.davesky.com).

The lighting and props were courtesy of Rick, a former ABC lighting guy...fantastic work. We sold out in 3 days after the mailing. Everyone was great. Thanks for making it...

Hibernation, the band.
© 2008

These musicians are some of the best around. Left is Barry Barnes, mandolin, banjo, guitar, anything with strings. Middle is Rick Barnes, poet, songwriter and musician. He held the audiences attention for over 90 minutes with insightful stories, poems, original songs. You could have heard an olive drop...On the right is Steve Hummel, a very talented, tasteful and original guitar player. These fellows created and held the mood of this collaborative arts event.

Hibernation, the art.
© 2008

It was particularly challenging to draw in front of the crowd before the music started. people were chatting with me and I was trying to get into the zone. Once I found that spot, I was good to go...

I'm hoping to do some more of these. Get the artists, musicians and writers together to bring a little unusual cultural entertainment to our community...

Playing at the Dock at Water
© 2008

Playing with Mike Boyle and friends at the Dock. Barry Barnes out front, Mike out of the picture, Mark Sentieri on bass, out of the picture, Alan Gettes on drums, me on harmonica and John David Call (Pure Prairie League) on pedal steel. He was gracious enough to sit in with us the other night. Wow....what a great musician and all around good guy.

1973 Airport customer sketch
© 1973

Here is the story... Sometime in the spring of 2005 I received an email from a woman in Cleveland, Oh. She was asking if I or my father was possibly the person that drew a picture of a man at the Columbus, Oh airport in 1973. I replied, I believe the man was sleeping on his back and I placed my drawing over his head when I left.... She responded back almost immediately and told me this story. That was her brother, who travelled frequently and was now living in Boston. On one of his travels when he passed through Columbus, I did the drawing. This drawing has moved around with him on his travels and is a prize possession. It currently hangs in another sisters home. I did the drawing while at CCAD in 1973. Me and a couple other art students would go to the airport to draw people. He was sleeping and I thought it would be fun to leave the drawing draped over him, for him to find when he woke. She sent me several photos of the drawing shortly there after. I thank her for the story and photos.

Snow on the deck
© 2008

We had a big snow this year... sure was pretty...

Dogsitting
© 2008

Who would have thought? The black dog is Cole (aka Peter), the other is Sheila (aka Warmer).....

The Sodbusters
© 2007

Mark Lewis on bass, Dan Daly singing and playing guitar and myself hot airing the harmonica.....

Cartoon Show at the Pump House Art Gallery Chillicothe
© 2007

Wes Molebash, Viper comics cartoonist, (www.vipercomics.com/webComics/yht/default.asp) and I had a cartoon exhibit at the Pump House Gallery in Chillicothe in July of '07.

Artsurrond Gallery in 2006
© 2006
OSU Marion 06 Art Show
© 2006
Melissa the Farrier
© 2006

My wife, Melissa, is a strong capable woman. She can trim horses feet, run electric, over see the building of our home, build a on target identity system for a business and always be herself.

Pumphouse Moore Victor Art Show 2006
© 2006
Richard Moore Painting
© 2006
Playing with Puregrass
© 2006
A Typical Day on the New River
© 2005

Being a whitewater boater, the New River Gorge is always available. This is a typical lunch stop below Lower Keeney rapids. I kayak and guide rafts. Kayaking is personal and this is social.

Earth Day with Bluehound
© 2005

Earth Day in Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe. A great time! Bluehound is my first band i ever played in. It consist of Jerry Felty, singer, guitar player; Barry Barnes, banjo,and Mark Lewis on bass. Dan Cade, Columbus OH, joins us for great fiddle work often. We play together a few times a year. In late 1990's and early 2000's we played at least twice a month. Everyone now plays in a couple different bands...

Ian and Festus
© 2004
OUC Maxwell Barn Show 2004
© 2004
Mike Boyle Band
© 2003

This is the band I have spent most of my time playing with.

Mike Boyle, seated in the center is the leader. He is a great singer/songwriter and all around good musician. To his right is Donn Hill, who currently is doing solo work in florida. Far right is Barry Barnes, if it has strings he plays it, banjo, manolin,guitar and bass. behind the old gray guy (me) is Mark Sentieri, a very good bass player an the producer of Mike's CD (which we all contribute to).

For a CD, email mike: knockemstiffmusic@yahoo.com

Alex Bevan and Me
© 1999