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                 SUCHI’S STUDIO & GALLERY                                       HAIKU, MAUI, HAWAII
SUZEE WATERS BENJAMIN (SUCHI) is an artist deeply committed to the transformative powers of the co-creative process whether in the visual arts, music, healing arts, or arts education. Suchi renewed her dedication to the art of painting after moving with her family from Nashville, Tennessee to Maui, Hawaii in 1999. 

Suchi received her formal education in Fine Arts at Stephens College, SMU, and University of Colorado. While in Boulder, she had the good fortune to study with renowned ceramicist, Betty Woodman, which led her into a twenty-five year career as a potter/ceramist. Her one-of-a-kind Raku clay vessels and shields have been shown throughout the US and Canada in galleries, juried shows, solo and group exhibitions. Benjamin’s ceramics have been selected for special recognition in exhibits at Bloomingdales, New York, NY; Neiman Marcus Fortnight Exhibit, Dallas, Texas; the Governor’s Mansion in Nashville, TN; Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN; national juried shows sponsored by American Craft Council. 

Suchi shares: “My ceramics have travels the globe and taught me to appreciate the beauty of form and the power of working intimately with the elements.  Upon moving to Maui, I found myself inspired by my new enviroment as I began exploring the fluidity of watercolor and acrylic painting.  Suchi’s paintings have appeared in many “Art Maui” exhibitions at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC), the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center juried exhibitions, Maui Hands - Paia Gallery as well as Suchi’s Studio Gallery in Haiku and numerous private collections. 

Dedicated to arts education, Benjamin founded two nonprofit arts organizations, The Children’s Arts and Ideas Foundation, Dallas, TX & Nashville, TN to provide creative arts programs for children. As an artist, Suchi has participated in countless artist-in-residence programs in schools, hospitals, and private settings. As an educator, she has extensively developed arts curriculum for adults and children of all ages. 

Benjamin performed lead and background vocals in Nashville recording studios for music publishing companies and record labels in the 80’ & 90’s.  As a singer/songwriter and independent artist on SOULO Records,  she collaborated with producer/musician, Kirby Shelstad, to create the classic The Waters Edge CD of her original songs reaching a wide audience from the USA to China.  With the 2005 release by Backroads Music of the “Heart of Innocence CD” produced by Lloyd Barde, Benjamin's voice and music was showcased with ten other internationally acclaimed female artists. Suzee/Suchi co-produced with her husband, singer/songwriter, Tom Benjamin, Beauty’s at the Mercy of This World, a CD of his original songs.   Her 2012 music release, Step into the Light CD, represents another soulful collaboration with Kirby Shelstad in his Nashville studio with original songs by  Tom Benjamin, Suchi, and their close friend, Don Schlitz.  Both Tom & Suchi continue to write songs for Branch Creek Publishing Company.   

As a Healing Arts practitioner for 35 years, Suchi’s gift for co-creative life coaching and hands-on healing led her to establish the Center for Co-Creative Living in 2000 on Maui as a home base for her work as an artist, teacher, and healing arts facilitator. Through CCL, individual healing sessions and group programs are offered based on the principles of the Co-Creative Living Manifestation Wheel and Kathara Bio-Spiritual Healing System as well as paintings and music infused with these frequencies. In 2010, Suchi developed and sponored through CCL, “The DreamSeeding Experience™” offering online classes and DreamSeeding Workshops at various locations.  Benjamin is a certified Kathara Bio-Spiritual Healing Facilitator and Instructor, with additional training & certifications in Cranial Sacral Therapy, Integral Yoga, Soundhealing, Medicine Wheel teachings, the BodyTalk System and Life Coaching. 

In 2016, Suchi and her husband, Tom Benjamin, relocated back to Nashville, TN to enjoy all the ways Music City has grown during their 17 years in Hawaii as well as reconnect with their music & creative ohana (family),  “We are discovering how much we have grown as well coming “Full Circle” back to where we first met on stage playing music together at a Nashville club called Mississippi Whiskers. As we re-experience living on the US Mainland once again, we also vow to carry the "Spirit of Aloha" with us where ever we go!" 

Suchi shares:  “It feels natural to me to have different forms of creative expression cycle through my life like the seasons exemplifying the unity within diversity.  The power of artistic transformation touches both the heart and soul and brings heightened beauty, healing, and fulfillment fo the Art of Living. The Spirit of Aloha is the ultimate teacher when learning to ride the waves of this process with respect, dignity, and grace.”   

© copyright 2008 Suchi WB