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Still in Motion Home  //  Leslie Elsasser - Introduction  //  Selina Roman - Mind Currents  //  Christian Cortes

Roxi Cato - US Army  //  Wildalys Class - US Air Force  //  Agustin Collazo Jr. - US Navy and Marine Corps  //  Michael Congdon - US Army  //  Giovanna Delacruz - US Air Force  //  Amanda Dodd - US Army  //  Dawn S. Hargrett - US Navy  //  Evan Fountain - US Air Force  //  Mark Freeman - US Army  //  Robert Kidney - US Coast Guard  //  Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps  //  Alicia Morales - US Army  //  RaeAnne Swanson - US Air Force

James Alexander - US Air Force  //  Wildalys Class - US Air Force  //  Dwight English - US Army  //  Loretta Fields - US Army  //  Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps  //  Matias - US Marine Corps


Roxi Cato, Zorya in Sunken Gardens, 2021

Roxi Cato, Zorya in Sunken Gardens, 2021


Zorya in Sunken Gardens

This picture was taken on a hot, humid afternoon in the Sunken Gardens located in Tampa, FL. Zorya had walked ahead of us through the covered pathway and was staring at the huge succulents. She was framed so beautifully by the open space called The Butterfly Garden. I was in love with how many versions of pink were blooming and snapped a few pictures of the scene. 

We saw exactly six butterflies. They knew better than us humans to stay out of the heat. This was one of many pictures I took that day with my Samsung A20 phone. I didn’t use any filters, sizing, lighting, or other photo app edits. This is the raw image of my 3rd grandchild vibing with nature. Although she and her sister were overheated because we forgot their water in the car, they were able to see the beauty surrounding them. 

This reminded me of the days I used to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I loved feeding the Koi, turtles, and greedy ducks. Being there brought a meditative state much needed for the turmoil of my teenage life.



Mikko Maki, TV, 2020

Roxi Cato, Succulents in the Night, 2021

Roxi Cato, Cherry Craving, 2021

Roxi Cato, Cherry Craving, 2021



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Breaking Barriers is a project by USFCAM in collaboration with the USF School of Art and Art History, with Support from the USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant Program of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Love IV Lawrence 2020 Waves of Change Grant, and additional support from the ACE Arts for Community Engagement Fund and the Florida Department of State.