About Bahia Studios
After studying Fine Art in Newcastle England, Harriet Monzon-Aguirre relocated to the Tampa Bay region, where she pursued a career in office administration and marketing. In 2021, she opened Bahia Studios in Safety Harbor after receiving several commissions for her true passion - painting. Harriet finds inspiration in her local surroundings at the Harbor including the serene water and the tropical flora.
Full Artist Statement
You could split my artistic career into three chapters thus far. For the first chapter picture a young and enthusiastic artist selling paintings of tropical flora in several art galleries on the island where I grew up, Barbados. The second chapter would be an academic one with series produced while I studied for my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Newcastle. Born in England, my artistic practice at that time channelled my interest in cultural studies as I examined my own experience of (un)belonging.