Description: Walter Benjamin offers a challenge that resonates even more strongly today than it did when he published "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" in 1936. Is there a difference between the original artwork and a reproduction of it? There is an "aura" to the original that a copy can never have. I decided roundabout when I first started painting that I would never offer prints of my paintings. My response to that was to significantly digitally alter photographs of the pieces. These new works exist in the virtual realm and thus have no "original" in the same way that a painting does. The paintings can maintain some of their uniqueness and lovers of beauty can still buy great prints.