In 1991, I started dabbling with Paintbrush 4, a 256 paint program.
I also had a video scanner, so I started playing around with video scans.
Around the same time I became interested in fractals.
I've been using the program FRACTINT ever since.
In fact, when I painted in school, I never mastered using a brush and considered my work a failure.
Then I started painting on computers. A great discovery.
I found that I was an artist with a mouse! And that I could manipulate images and colors in ways that were not possible
It freed me to do the things I saw in my head.