My pointillism began as stipple doodles. The first was done on a cardboard box while sitting in the Cleveland bus staion. I continued them in the margins of my notebooks while I worked towards my Masters Degree in Computer Science. From there they migrated to journals, which meant the doodles looked more like drawings as they were now larger.
After a time I went to larger paper, which meant larger dots. And then one day in early 1988 one friend took me by the hand to Pearl's on Canal Street in lower Manhattan. He led me to the fourth floor, handed me a basket and then started tossing in things I would need to start painting. When he was satisfied I had enough to begin, he told me to pay for it and set me off.