I've had a few conversations / mini-interviews with some artists,
mostly Randy Gallegos. The next project is to organize those notes
and put them here in a reasonably organized format.
Randy Gallegos mentions on Feb 6, 1996:
Fantasy art has had a strong fan-base since at least the late 60's, though
it's only since the early 80's that the fans had the money to help us raise
our prices. Reasons that contributed- the high rate of sf/f fans who are
working in computer industry are now making big bucks. The art is much
better since early 70's, due to better artists actually risking the field,
due to public interest after Tolkien's books became popular. Plus, the 80's
were good for a lot of people.