Conservation Treatment and Assessments

I provide conservation treatment of easel paintings and historic picture frames, performed in studio.
On-site (out of studio) services include:
• condition reporting of artworks including art collection inventories and condition assessments
• treatment of non-mobile works of art, i.e. murals

Works of art on paper (e.g. watercolours) generally require the specialized care of a paper conservator. Please consider the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators for listings of accredited members by specialization type and geographic region:

Also see “Working with Me

Anonymous portrait during cleaning

Conservation Framing

Carefully selected framing transforms an artwork’s appearance while providing critical protection.

It is often desirable to keep the original frame, particularly for an historic work or when the frame was chosen, designed, or made by the artist.

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

New frames may be chosen from a wide variety of in-house samples, or I can send photos of framing options via email.

In partnership with frame manufacturer/distributor Larson-Juhl, I can offer hospitality framing and framing services for healthcare, corporate, and senior living facilities.

Learn more about conservation framing methods.

Italian carved gilt frame during treatment


In addition to providing treatment and framing services, I consult on issues related to my practice, alone or as a coordinated service with colleagues:

• Art materials identification, research and analysis
• Legal disputes concerning damage to cultural property
• Signature identification, dating of artworks
• Selection of stable art materials and techniques in contemporary art practice including public art commissions
• Condition assessments of artworks at auction previews

Consultation services and presentation of lectures and workshops are available for:

• Collectors, Commercial and Public Art Galleries (Curators, Preparators, Exhibit Designers and Coordinators), Museums, Appraisers, Picture Framers, Artists, Artist-run Centres, Corporations holding art collections, Architects, Auction Houses, Heritage Consultants, History Clubs and Associations

Artist dictionaries
lead test strip
Lead test strips may be used to detect the presence of lead as shown with this positive (pink) test result for a metal frame corner.