Watercolor on Silk by Shinichi Suzuki
These three watercolor paintings on silk include Japanese caligraphy expressing Suzuki's basic relationship with people and music. He developed a strong commitment to peace and being true to one's self during his late teenage years. For Suzuki, "...beauty is not a distant, unachievable destination; rather, beauty is reflected in the ordinary actions of everyday life. Suzuki asserts that beauty in musical performance is a reflection of the individual as a person, a reflection of the individual's attitude towards others and one's approach to life that involves the individual's whole personality, sensitivity for personal awareness, and capacity for being true to oneself. Beauty is something the individual understands by understanding oneself. (Authenticity, Shin'ichi Suzuki, and "Beautiful Tone with Living Soul, Please" Merlin Thompson). His ideals are reflected in his teachings and in his watercolor paintings in this exhibit.