Are you familiar with rock poster art? I'm vaguely familiar with Peter Max and the album art of the Beatles era. Some of that was so eye-catching that I sometimes bought records for their cover art.
What defines fine art? It's a matter of the viewer's perception and what the creator considers it to be. In the end, it's probably more about the process of the creator.
Is art as important as it once was? It's more important than ever. There's more media exposure nowadays and controversy about what types of art can be presented to the public.
Is a truly healthy, happy person likely to create great art? Art is about passion. Healthy, happy people can be passionate, too.
Define "fine art." Art that's original, that engages me imaginatively, that helps me see the world in a different way.
Is a painting of a Campbell's soup can fine art? Depends on how it's painted. A near-photographic representation of a soup can probably isn't art.
Who's your favorite artist? I love the ambiguity and play of light in Monet.
What work of art do you wish you owned? The painting of The Cliff House by my friend, Joyce Attebery. She sold it, though.
Is art a declining cultural force? I think it's more that people have a less traditional view of art. Plus, it's in competition with movies, and everyone now has immediate and ongoing access to music.
Can a healthy, well-adjusted, happy person be a great artist? I think it's just that people who have suffered, or who have had unusual experiences, are able to see things in different ways.
What makes art "fine art"? Its aesthetic qualities move people.
Who is your favorite artist? I was just reading an article in the New York Times about an artist I like named Howard Hodgkin. He's basically a colorist. I'm drawn to artists who play around with color.
What piece of art would you most treasure owning? Picasso's "Guernica" partly because of its political content, though art doesn't have to have that, and partly because of its sheer size, though size isn't a criteria for great art.
Has art declined in importance? It's getting lost in the media shuffle of movies, TV, music and the Internet.
Is great art likely from a genuinely healthy and happy person? Everyone has something to tap into. It doesn't require misery to do it.