My name is Alex Barnes. I am a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, and fine artist currently living in Dana Point, California. I graduated from Flagler College in the spring of 2017 with majors in Graphic Design and Fine art, and a minor in Anthropology. I grew up in Florida for most of my life. From a young age, I explored the Florida wetlands along the river near my house. Much to my mom's dismay, I collected anything and everything I found washed up. Starting with styrofoam buoy markers, then to action figures, fishing lures, antiques, cameras, and everything in between. Each thing had unique nuances that piqued my interest. I wanted to see every type of thing that existed within that category of things. I still exercise a similar curiosity in my creative practices. Graphic Design presents special challenges and requires a type of searching for solutions that are rarely on the surface. Fine art and photography, in their own ways, also present unique challenges. The answers are never clear, but, rather, lead to the next question and encourage conversation.