Specialty: Fractal art (Apophysis)
|From an early age, I had a vestigial interest in art. Later, this went into hiding after choosing a science-based future. But the interest never died, and quietly awaited the full florescence of the digital age.|
My introduction proper to fractals came about in the mid-'90s through James Gleick's 'Chaos': the images of zooms into the Mandelbrot set affected me deeply, triggering an affinity that shows no sign of waning. I finally obtained my own PC in 2001: shortly after, I downloaded Mind-Boggling Fractals Lite and enjoyed some basic exploration of the Mandelbrot set. A computer crash forced me to search for the software again, and I 'stumbled upon' the world of fractal art. Beginning with Sterlingware v1.7, I soon discovered the other freeware programs. It took a long time for Apophysis to 'click', but once it did, I was hooked. Perhaps it's the nature of the flame fractal, at once ethereal and organic...
I began by producing pictures designed for viewing fullscreen, essentially a basic 4 x 3 dimension. Community-wise, I eventually settled here at deviantART, where I finally broke free of the 4 x 3 prison and began to allow the creative process to unfold naturally. Other artists' work here continues to inspire, and I keep abreast of program developments via the mailing list. Looking back, there is no doubt that fractals have played a very important and positive role in my personal growth.