This is my intention for this post exactly. I am interested in what qualities make fine art photography "fine art." After the numerous responses, I understand now that there is no set of qualities of that make it fine art. My goal as a photographer is to master one genre of photography. Fame is not my goal.I suggest the O.P concentrates on becoming fine photographer, and not producing "fine art".
There are a number of competitions in my area and my goal is when I enter my competitions, and have my work easily recognisable from one competition to the next. If prints are sold along the way, that would be great, but not my main goal. I do not aim to please the masses, but to challenge myself and discover what I am fully capable of.
Thank you all for your very helpful and informative posts.