About Shenandoah Valley Graphics

Shenandoah Valley Graphics is the trade name I use to print and market my Art & Photography. I like to let my work speak for it’s self. For those who like to know the Artist; I have included a Bio on how I and my art got to this stage in my life. I paint in oil, watercolor, pastel and use my photography as source images for digital paintings. My digital paintings are finished in Photoshop & Painter. Original oils, watercolors, pastels, are also available as reproductions. Photographs, & Digital Art are sold as Prints. Both are printed in the “GICLEE” method using Epson archival inks and fine art papers or canvas.

My goal is to offer the highest quality reproductions and Prints as possible, at affordable prices.

To understand our pricing and our products please read the following:

The words, Reproduction and Print, are often used as synonyms in today’s Art Market. That is confusing to the buyer. The two words have different meanings and connotations. Although, a reproduction is printed it is not a Print?

A print is, or should be, an original work of art. A reproduction is a copy of an original work of art even if printed in the same method as an original photograph or digital art.

Our reproductions are printed on the finest paper and canvas we can buy with archival inks that will last 100 yrs. They are signed by the Artist; but as good a copy as they are, they are not PRINTS!

A Print, signed or signed and numbered, is not a copy of an oil, watercolor, pastel or drawing. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Those are reproductions. Examples of Prints are lithographs, etchings, silk-screens, woodcuts, photographs, and Digital Art. They are originals worked by the Artist in the listed medium. When an Artist takes a picture of a painting and duplicates it by inkjet, giclee, or web press he has created a reproduction. Signing and numbering them doesn’t change that. I will never sell a reproduction as a Print, and that is why the giclee “prints” of my paintings will never be numbered.
We number Digital Prints & Enhanced Photographs so the buyer will know how many will be sold and that they are originals in their respective mediums.

Some history: The reason PRINTS were and are numbered when created in the traditional media is because the more copies made the poorer the copy.

The 2nd print in a series became 2/500 So #1/500 was worth more than (50/500) more than (500/500) until the artist felt that the quality was unacceptable and he stopped printing. Then the artist destroyed the plate. X’ed it out.

There are X’ed out Rembrandt’s being printed and sold. What do you think he’d say about that?

Today’s printers allow an artist to reproduce his work with no drop-off in quality from 1st image to last. I can print one thousand copies of an oil painting and the last one will be just as good as the first, but none of them will have the richness, color or value of the oil painting they represent. So there is no reason to number a series or to limit it. That is why we sell our reproductions at a lower price than the many “print” reproductions available.

Why then do we number Digital Art Prints & Photographs? Because they meet the criteria of original art and in this market we want our customers to know the difference.

The original oils, watercolors & pastels are for sale unless they are marked sold or nfs. Paintings that are sold or NFS can still be purchased as reproductions.

Reproductions are sold according to size and type of paper or canvas. We do 90% of our own printing. This keeps our costs down.

Photographs, and Digital Prints can be purchased on a variety of surfaces and sizes but the total edition number stays the same.

Gift cards, calendars & other items are coming soon. This is a new site and will be updated daily until we get it right. See pricing for details on images.

Sincerely,
Michael Reisenberg

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