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Leslie Elsasser - Introduction
Christian Cortes

Crimi Arrieta - Relative of US Army Veteran
Patricia Colbert - US Army
Gail Cross - US Air Force
Dr. Charlie Ferrer - US Army
Janine Hargrett - US Army
Valerie Larson - US Air Force
Kevin Lipton - US Army
Dolores Matteo - US Army
Karidad Ramis-Hartman - US Army
Roger St. Julian - US Army
Monika Sutton - Spouse of US Army Veteran
Viana L.M. Tavares-Fischer - US Army

Manfredo Bobadilla - US Army
Agustin Collazo Jr. - US Marine Corps / US Navy
Amanda Dodd - US Army
Evan Fountain - US Air Force
Derek Hopkins - US Air Force
Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps
Alicia Morales - US Army
Chris Smith - Spouse of US Army Veteran
Kimberlee Nicole Smith - US Army
RaeAnne Swanson - US Air Force


Monika Sutton, Inner Peace, 2023.

Monika Sutton, Inner Peace, 2023.

MONIKA SUTTON - Spouse of US Army Veteran

Inner Peace

This picture was taken with the help of my husband. It was a lot of fun, and we had a good time. Most of the pictures we took that day were silly, but some were contemplative. 

Looking at this image, just one thing comes to my mind—inner peace. No matter how hard we try to please others, we cannot forget about and neglect ourselves. Many people become consumed by their surroundings, focused on what others may think of them, or they fail trying to meet unrealistic expectations. We leave little time and energy for ourselves. 

It is irrelevant how beautiful we look or how much we possess because without inner peace, nothing else matters. We must work for our happiness and seek some tranquility all the time. If we don’t have that inner peace, we will find ourselves trapped, hanging there with only our thoughts.



Monika Sutton, Debbie, 2023.

Monika Sutton, Debbie, 2023.

Monika Sutton, Look, 2023.

Monika Sutton, Look, 2023.



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Breaking Barriers is a program by USF Contemporary Art Museum in collaboration with the USF School of Art & Art History, is supported by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant of the Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Love IV Lawrence, USFCAM ACE (Art for Community Engagement) Fund Patrons, and the Florida Department of State, Florida Arts & Culture.