Yep, guessed so. :)
Except for the signature, everything else is a "raw fractal" made in Apophysis.
Yep, it's elliptic splits with a couple tweaks to make it look less "common".
No crop here, just bent2 to mirror left plane onto right, then curl to make it round, then murl to make it oval.
That's the easy part though. The sparks, lighting and blur were the hard part. :)