by Ariadna Zierold
Victor Grasso is a Jersey Shore artist, born and raised. But he doesn’t paint sunset portraits or pretty pictures of empty beach chairs.
You can see his work around the Jersey Shore — in the Chalfonte Hotel, the Ocean Club in Cape May, the Princeton in Avalon, and on those summer issues of Exit Zero. There, he paints scenes of Cape May life, always using residents for models: the harried Lobster House waitress, the lifeguard, the surfer butting heads with the beach tag checker, the fisherman. They’ve been compared to the work of Norman Rockwell.