During one of my exhibition for a digital art collective, I was asked by an artist if you could create breathtaking epic art with procedural math. She was amazed when I told her all of the art showed in the tiny gallery, including mine, were created with a single program, Apophysis. I spent a long time explaining its power to her and we had great discussion. I then concluded, "With enough variables and transforms you can create any art."
So yeah... So whenever somebody told you digital art isn't art, especially to fractal, tell them this: Fractal art IS art. Also to my regular joke: "Anything is art if you stare at them long enough!" :D