Thursday, July 19, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018



My huge painting ( 30x40") Titled, "Horse Skull" is up in the RIC/URI Alumni Show.

Show details:

Opening Party: 6/21 Thurs 5-9

Hope to see you there.

Ginger Nuts book review of PL

An awesome book review of my novel Parasite Life up on Ginger Nuts of Horror by Tony Jones

Opening excerpt:

“Parasite Life” the debut YA novel from Victoria Dalpe was the most intense and unsettling teen novel I had read for quite some time. The YA vampire sub-genre has been totally played out by the never-ending cycle of brooding blood suckers in the same ilk as Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” and PC Cast’s yawn inducing “House of Night” series.  I’ve studiously avoided most of them. Even the kids grew up and moved on to dystopia. Be rest assured though, “Parasite Life” is as far away from “Twilight” as a vampire novel can possibly be and if, like myself, you haven’t read a vampire novel for a while MAKE IT THIS ONE! Meyer, Cast and Dalpe may well inhabit the same genre, but there the comparisons end and this superb novel rises head and shoulders above the teen horror pack and has more in common with Anne Rice’s “Interview with a Vampire” than YA fiction.

Friday, May 25, 2018

PAC Summer Show

I have a painting "The Underside of Things" Acrylic 24x36" $400 in a gorgeous bronze frame up and for sale at Pawtucket Art Collaborative's WHO ARE WE? Summer Show. Show on view until 6/21/18.

PAC MILL GALLERY 560 Mineral Spring Ave. Pawtucket, RI

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reader's Favorite Book Review

Reviewed By Robin Goodfellow for Readers’ Favorite
Parasite Life by Victoria Dalpe is a dark, gothic novel about the destruction love can bring. The book is separated into four parts. The first part, Ars Moriendi, introduces a girl named Jane, who has to care for her sickly mother. She meets a girl named Sabrina, and while she begins to slowly build up a vestige of happiness, she discovers that she is something not wholly human. In Imago, both Jane and Sabrina must find her father in order to determine how she could coexist with normal society. In Momento Mori, Jane realizes just how deep a mother’s love can really be, as well as what it means to finally let go. Finally, in the Epilogue, Jane understands who she is, and accepts herself, despite the death that will come with it. 

More often than not, I was perplexed by Jane’s mother. She was ruined by Hugh, who considered her little more than a plaything to him, and yet through it all she still decided to have his child. She knew Jane was a half-vampire, and although killing the child would be a kinder fate, in the end she still chose to care for her. The things she did for Jane were confounding, as if saying she was indifferent to her daughter was just empty words. Sabrina, on the other hand, was a bit purer than that, almost naive. She was childlike in a sense, in that when she discovered what Jane was, she wasn’t harsh with Jane. She kept Jane human. She prevented Jane from drifting off into what was essentially damning her. 

Finally, there’s Jane herself, who, at first, appeared to be an endearing wallflower. But the more I found out about her, the more I realized that this story could very well be her fall from grace. I enjoyed reading about her struggle to retain her humanity, as well as her shifting paradigm of the world around her. What's more, I loved the dark themes, the conflicted characters, as well as the intoxicating relationships that stem from two creatures. From a mother’s love, to the manipulation of lust and affection, Dalpe wields that darkness like a brush, as she dyes the otherwise tragic beauty of romance into black.