There's really no reason to buy a reproduction. It's tacky in the extreme. While it's nice to think that oil is superior to ink jet because it was painted by a human being instead of a machine, consider that many oil paint reproductions coming out of China are nothing more than assembly-line paint by numbers. Employee 1 paints the background on every reproduction, the painting it moved along to Emp. 2 who paints the trees, the painting is moved to Emp. 3 who paints the lake, etc. So not only are you buying illegal reproductions for which the original artist receives no copyright, you are also supporting an evil foreign government that abuses its own citizens. I would dispute this. Have you checked local galleries? I know you're in Canada so your options are limited because you people are always frozen in blocks of ice, but surely there must be something you can find that you like. And look at it this way, you're buying good, original work from a local painter who may someday become famous and you'll have a piece that skyrockets in value. When all your friends come over you can mock them and their pretentiousness at paying far too much for reproductions when you got good original work for less that you enjoy even more because you know the artist personally.