I am a grandmother and I take this role in life seriously. The impact that one generation can have on another is profound. This is a 20″x 24″ oil on canvas painted in 1982 of an North American Native Indian with his grandson. I was striving for the strength and love that the older gerneration has for their grandchildren. The grandfather looks strong yet gentle and kind and his affection for his grandson in evident. The child looks full of anticipation, yet there is some hesitation in his look too.
When I  think of our Indigenous people I think about the wisdom and insight of their culture. Their efforts to protect the scared sites from the pipelines was supported by military veterans. If I was able to, I would be there protesting with them.

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Ευχαριστώ – Efharisto – Thank You – by swo8 Blues Jazz – the album in iTunes

The album Efharisto was released today in iTunes and if you click on the link below you’ll be able to sample the music for free. There are 10 songs. Three of the songs have been made into videos already so they are now copyrighted. The seven remaining pieces are soon to be made into videos and will be posted on this site as well as on the Youtube site. The album cover is me playing my flute in Delphi. Enjoy… the celebration begins.                                                                  

Efharisto by swo8 Blues Jazz in iTunes

On Friday December 2nd, 2016, swo8 Blues Jazz will be releasing our Greek Album Efharisto.  Efharisto is the Greek word for thank you. We owe the Greek Nation a big thank you – not for the beautiful islands, sandy beaches, the blue-green of the Aegean Sea and the never ending sunny days but for the incredible architecture, the Greek myths, the great philosophers and democracy. It is here where the idea of democracy germinated, far from being perfect because they still had slavery and the women were not allowed to vote. They found that a more civil society would evolve when people gathered together to discuss issues and form a consensus. It took a long time to rid ourselves of slavery and more recently women got the vote.


The Grey Dragon by L. Martel

This is a 9″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas board called the Grey Dragon. In Chinese tradition, dragons symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. Why this preoccupation with dragons ? We about to start work on our next music album that will feature our adventures in China.


Autumn’s Fall by L. Martel

This is an 8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas, painted in 2016 and is called Autumn’s Fall. There comes a time in the autumn when the colours become muted. It’s the half time of the season and we are building for the onset on the coming winter. There are still some leaves on the trees and the grass may be a rich green, but the reds and golds are more rusted now.