Painting conservation, consultation, and advice.

I aim to balance your vision with the procedures required to restore, repair and, ultimately, extend the life of your precious object.

A few things I’m great at:


In-studio conservation treatment of paintings and historic picture frames.

On-site services include: condition reporting of artworks including art collection inventories and condition assessments; treatment of non-mobile works of art, e.g. murals.


In addition to treatment of historic frames, I advise on period framing and display systems for all types of paintings including artworks on paper.

I can also help you choose new frames from a wide variety of in-house samples, or I can send photos of framing options via email.


Portrait of John Willison Hutton

Oil paint ages, becoming more brittle and less able to accommodate movement and distortions in the support. The physical properties of each material layer vary with changes of temperature and relative humidity. Since each layer responds differently, stress occurs and damage may result.

The ancestral portrait of John Willison Hutton, Right Worshipful Master of masonic Lodge St. David 78 (Dundee), 1863-5, was technically unusual, consisting of oil on two layers of paper with a fabric backing placed on a wood stretcher to simulate the appearance of a canvas painting. The fabric backing was degraded and required removal, which also allowed access for treatment of the tears in the paper layers.
The portrait’s treatment included removal of the degraded fabric backing, repair of the tears in the paper support, cleaning, and inpainting of paint losses.


Visit the portfolio of my past work to discover what I can do for your painting or frame.

After studying paintings conservation in Canada and the UK, I established the first private, professional art conservation practice in Alberta in 1990, and in 2015, relocated my business to Vancouver Island. While I have a particular interest in 19th century works, I’ve treated paintings dated from the 17th century to the present day.

Cyndie Lack

I am fortunate to live and work 45 minutes from Victoria in beautiful Duncan, British Columbia.
In Alberta you may still use my previous number: (780) 414-0789.
In British Columbia call me at (778) 746-1063.

Or email me at


Caring for your painting

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Marks and labels

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Protecting your artwork

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