Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.) Fine art conservation, painting conservation, art restoration Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:55:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fine art conservation, painting conservation, art restoration Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.) Fine art conservation, painting conservation, art restoration Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.) Lining Large Paintings Highlighted by American Institute for the Conservation of historic and Artistic Works Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:06:21 +0000 Continue reading ]]> An action photo of the lining process (art restoration treatment) of three 30′ paintings in this month’s header of the Facebook page of the AIC, highlighted the art conservation practice of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories. Independent art conservators are represented within AIC in an organization, Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP) and have businesses ranging from sole proprietorships to large companies, they provide support for clients such as artists, private collectors, galleries, corporations, museums, universities, and governmental agencies.

Lining Buck Winn AIC

September’s cover image features AIC Professional Associate Scott Haskins (left) of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, Inc., who is also a former chair (for 6 years) of the CIPP specialty group. In the image, conservation professionals are lining three sections of the the previously detached 280′ long mural by Buck Winn, “The History of Ranching in Texas”. The murals are in the collection of the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

The three 30′ sections of the mural required lead abatement, paint consolidation, distortion removal, rip repairs, lining, cleaning, fills and inpainting, and varnishing. FACL, Inc. is certified for toxic materials abatement such as lead and asbestos. There are several videos on YouTube that show the detaching process of murals and their reinstallation options. Here is the YouTube channel for mural restoration videos:

Haskins worked with painting conservators Julie Stephenson, Oriana Montemurro, Virginia Panizzon and conservation technicians Diane Stevenett and Daniel Masters (who are also featured in the above image).  More information on the project and a short video can be found here:

Oriana Montemurro inpainting murals by historic Texas artist, Buck Winn.

Oriana Montemurro inpainting murals by historic Texas artist, Buck Winn.

Contact info:

Scott M. Haskins, Oriana Montemurro, Virginia Panizzon Art Conservators

805 564 3438

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Seville Golden Age of Spanish Painting at the Museum of Fine Arts Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:24:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

By  Scott M. Haskins, Fine Art Conservator

I invite you to come along with me on a recent trip to Seville, Spain. On this trip I was hoping to see and expecting to see the exquisite paintings of the Spanish Golden Age of Painting (1500’s and 1600’s and even the 1700’s)… rooted in Sevilla. Infact, it could be called the Seville Golden Age of Painting because so many of the artists were from that city.

We loved our first visit to Sevilla but as we explored the city, I was continually aware and surprised to not find any of these quality Baroque paintings that Spain is famous for. In particular, I was surprised that in the spectacularly huge Gothic main cathedral there was only one very ho-hum Murillo displayed very poorly, nor in the Alcazar royal fortress residence was there anything to talk about, nor in the Archives of the Indies… nor in any other public buildings we visited! But, note please, all future visitors to Seville, the location of these 3 sites is AMAZING and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site.”

Seville World Heritage site

The Cathedral in Seville (I’m taking the picture from the roof-foreground), The Alcazar Fortress – Royal Residence (left), The Archives of the Indies (right, next to the cathedral)

So, not having found yet what I was anticipating, I was still hopeful to find the masterpieces I was looking for at the Seville Museum of Fine Arts. Located in the old converted convent (which is very nice and is laid out like a palace) you would think that the museum would be full of these world famous master’s work… We wandered around and I was completely underwhelmed… although the architecture was nice, where was all the great art?!?!?!

At one point we opened, what I remember was an unassuming, unmarked door and unexpectedly entered directly into the central nave of a full sized chapel buried in the middle of the palace structure, completely unannounced by the outside architecture. This full sized church seemed, to me, to be camouflaged by the rest of the surrounding building! I was so surprised!

de Zuberan

The most beautiful exhibition I've ever seen!

The most beautiful exhibition I’ve ever seen!

And then, I was immediately hit with a vision of beauty! It impressed me as being possibly the most beautiful exhibition of artwork that I have EVER seen!!! The architecture was stunning, the abundant lighting was perfect and evenly lit. The masters of Spain’s Golden Age of Painting were represented here with the gorgeously framed artwork of religious subjects. There were choice works by artists such as El Greco, de Zuberan, Velazquez, Murillo and many others – these were but a few of the great 16th and 17th century masters whose genius set a standard of excellence for centuries. Their great religious works were perfect for this deconsecrated exhibition space and environment.

Seville Museum of Fine Arts

If you love fine art and are going to be in Seville, Spain, do yourself a favor and visit this unique, world class, spectacular exhibition space and soak in the Spanish Golden Age of Painting. If you are in the mood and aware of its special nature, you will be rewarded for your effort and your recollection of the exhibition in the future will enrich your memories. Take lots of pictures… put they won’t come close to doing it justice or giving you the goose bumps on your arms, like when I walked in.

Virgen de las Cuervas by de Zubaran low res

Contact us to discuss your painting restoration questions! Scott M. Haskins, Oriana Montemurro, Virginia Panizzon, Art Conservators 805 564 3438,

Below are other videos with Scott M. Haskins, Fine Art Conservator as he travels to special projects and locations. If you like these videos, please leave a comment below the video and give it a thumbs up, please.

Palazzolo, Iseo Lake, Italy – Rediscovering 1000 years of murals, Consultation Project:

Lonato, Italy Baroque Mural Conservation Project- Notes for Italian Ministry of Tourism from the area:

Tintoretto Paintings Exhibit (Baroque Art) in Rome Italy – Walk Through with Art Conservator Scott Haskins:

Tintoretto’s (Baroque Artist) Neighborhood, Venice Italy – Walk Through with Art Conservator Scott Haskins::

Walk through the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome:

Royal Carriages of Princesses, Queens, Kings and Popes in Rome, Italy – Discover behind the scenes info.:

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Walk through with Art Conservator Scott Haskins:

Art Highlights Tour From Trip To Chicago 2017:

LDS Church History Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah:

Portuguese tile work – a visit to an avid collector in Los Angeles:

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Expert Historic Preservation Consultant On Extra-Ordinary Baroque Murals Hidden Away in Northern Italy Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:32:19 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The magical art of illusion and perspective.

Restoration of historic murals of masterpiece quality.

Garda Lake has been a highly appreciated resort area since Roman times. On one side of the lake is Brescia and the other side is Verona, both centers of culture, cuisine, viticulture, tourism… and “ the good life.” The region around Garda Lake is one of the most varied and colorful cultural destinations in Europe for the highest quality artistic and cultural traditions, its natural resources and environment and its incomparable culinary traditions. The cultural traditions and heritage, music, cuisine and food products from this area of Italy are loved by all countries and have an international market.

The artistic genius of the murals in this video located in the ancient town of Lonato del Garda and the cultural traditions in the area provide a new phenomenal high quality attraction for international visitors.

Internationally, well known, communities (even in Roman times) like Desenzano and Sirmione are right next door to the often ignored Lonato.

Sirmione castle, next to Lonato del Garda

Practically out the back door of the complex that houses the murals of this project is a medieval fortress, used even by the Venetian Republic into the 1700’s. Venice’s influence on the art in this area is clearly evident. At the turn of the head, 700 years of top quality architecture can be viewed.

Lonato del Garda From the Air

As often happens in Italy, the outside of the building where the murals of this project are housed does not reflect the treasure contained within.

Santa Maria del Corlo, Lonato del Garda, Italy

And within Santa Maria del Corlo is a world class example of the artistic genius and excellence in mural painting appreciated and imitated internationally. This is the magical art of illusion or perspective of the Baroque painting masters of the 1600-1700’s.

S.M.del Corlo Ceiling low res

In addition to the main vault of the nave, are additional areas of Venetian influenced affrescos and decorative stucco work that is amazing. The preservation and professional restoration of these works of art, and the entire building complex, has taken decades.

At the time these murals were painted, perhaps the greatest Baroque master was Tintoretto in Venice and his impressionistic painting technique was 200 years ahead of its time. That same quality can be seen in these murals!

This mural conservation project in Northern Italy on Garda Lake is unveiling to the public hidden masterpieces of timeless Italian artistic genius of the highest quality never before published and appreciated. The ancient art of illusion and perspective of this style of ceiling painting still boggles the mind. Italy set the standard centuries ago, internationally, for this style and quality of painting.

Ms. Luisa Pari, mural conservator

Ms. Luisa Pari, mural conservator

This art of illusion and perspective in art history refers to a technique used by Baroque artists to create a larger three dimensional space or create a greater depth of field on a flat surface like a wall or ceiling, thereby opening up the room and adding greater volume in the mind of the viewer.

Brescia and Verona, notable cities since Roman times located between Milano and Venice, had during the Baroque period of art an important influence on the great ceiling painters of Italy and elsewhere in Europe.

Italian painting restorers Sandra Ragazzoni and Luisa Pari head the art conservation team working on the murals in the Church of Santa Maria del Corlo. Scott M. Haskins, painting and mural conservator from the USA is part of the conservation team as consultant for historic preservation and trouble shooter.

The video in this article was made as a presentation to the entities listed at the end of this article (not professional art conservation organizations). Scott Haskins, the narrator of the video in this article, is a mural and painting restorer. He has had connections with interesting art restoration projects in Northern Italy since 1975 and is honored and excited to be associated with a world class project that is rediscovering 500 years of masterpiece quality murals that even the local public is not aware of.

This project is supported by: The Community of Lonato del Garda, the ProLoco Fondazione Madonna del Corlo – O.N.L.U.S ( Ente proprietario della chiesa Madonna del Corlo), The Lombardy Dept of Tourism, The Wine Growers of Northern Italy, The Lombardy Region of Northern Italy,   Italian Dept. of Tourism, The University of ……, The Catholic Church and FACL, inc. (Fine Art Conservation Laboratories) in California, USA.


The magical perspective of these murals on a flat ceiling.

The magical perspective of these murals on a flat ceiling.


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Rip Repair and Saving Historical Painting of Bishop Ranch Santa Barbara (Goleta) by Henry Chapman Ford Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:31:30 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Historic Oil Painting from 1875 of Bishop Ranch- Glen Annie in Goleta, CA by Henry Chapman Ford saved from destruction

Scott M. Haskins, Painting Conservator

Bishop Ranch Glen Annie 1875 Santa Barbara 

Art restoration has been more than just interesting as my life’s work. Lots of vintage oil paintings pass my way for conservation with a dramatic story attached and so it was with a dirty Barbizon style looking landscape that was ripped to shreds. Like many old paintings, it had old brown brittle ripped wrapping paper on the back… it looked like it had been through a war… and perhaps it had, of sorts.

The artwork in this story was part of “a pile of paintings” found in a storage shed, the damaged dirty oil painting had been thrown away… then fished out and “thrown into a deal” with an art dealer who bought the whole pile. Horse-traded along with other items twice more, it finally ended up in my hands to “save it if you can.” Well, saving and preserving art is what we do! It’s especially satisfying if its historic. Wouldn’t saving and preserving history for future generations give you the good worthwhile feeling of being socially conscientious? At first, all we knew was that it was “oldish” and I guessed that it was from the end of the 1800’s. Origin unknown.

Pile of paintings

Carefully looking it over I removed the old paper on the back and saw an inscription on the back written in a handwriting style that I recognized! Actually, I was stupefied! This painting’s location was less than a mile from where I live.“ Bishop Ranch – Glen Annie, Santa Barbara, CA.” Wow, it was a California historical painting! I immediately looked on the front of the painting and in the dirty lower left corner was the barely visible monogram of renown early California artist and Santa Barbara resident, Henry Chapman Ford, with the date, 1875.

Monogram of Henry Chapman Ford

HCF and I are old friends! My efforts in preserving and restoring his highly desirable, valuable paintings began in 1978 when I moved to Santa Barbara. Almost immediately, however, my awareness of his work went into overdrive when I was asked to help salvage from the outer darkness of “Pigeon Row” storage at the abandoned Mission Inn in Riverside, CA one of the most important historical collections of paintings… considered by many art historians as a National Treasure; The Missions of Californiaby Henry Chapman Ford. Incredibly important paintings, they helped to define the Mission Style Arts and Crafts movement in the Western USA. Since that time, we have done painting conservation treatments on dozens of other paintings by Ford. All this to say, by the time this painting of Bishop Ranch – Glen Annie came into my hands, I knew intimately the work of Henry Chapman Ford.

To see what happened to this valuable, historical painting, see the end of the article. But the drama of the ripped oil painting’s arrival into my hands is only half the story. The other half is what warring events were happening in Goleta in 1875… giving us a clue as to why the painting was commissioned and by whom.

bishop ranch Goleta CA

In Goleta, California a few miles up the coast from Santa Barbara between the exits on the 101 freeway of Glen Annie – Storke Rd and Los Carneros on the North side of the road is a beautiful open space with an old ranch house nestled in the trees. That property used to extend back into the hills and up a canyon. To the locals it is known as Bishop’s Ranch but historically it was known as the Glen Annie Ranch of Tecolotito Canyon.

Colonel William Welles Hollister

Colonel William Welles Hollister fell in love with this Goleta Valley tract of land the first time he saw it in 1854 as he was on his way to San Francisco. In the 1860’s he returned to Santa Barbara, buying up several Mexican land grants, but couldn’t get the owners of the Tecolotito Canyon area in Goleta to give it up.

The land he lusted after was owned by Nicholas A. Den. But then in 1862, Den died suddenly at only 50 years old. Not long afterwards, the heirs of the Den estate were open to selling off property as they needed additional monies.

Hollister was so in love with this land and so anxious to get it that he hastily purchased 5,100 acres from the family for $10 per acre when the current market value was only 10 cents! He wanted it ASAP, and the Den family eagerly accepted his generous offer.

Annie James Hollister

Hollister promptly named his long desired ranch “Glen Annie”, after his wife, and went to work to make it a national showplace. Glen Annie Ranch employed 50 workers, had a full cattle operation, profitable walnut and citrus orchards, and many experimental crops. Date palms thrived and 10,000 almond trees made Glen Annie the largest almond grower in the country. Three of Goleta’s streams ran through the property and was soon covered with orchards of walnuts, lemons, limes and oranges.

Bishop Ranch, Goleta CA

In 1870 things were going well on the ranch. With the date of 1875 on the painting by Henry Chapman Ford, it was possibly a commission during a prosperous time when homes were being added to the property and existing residences upgraded. For Ford, his visibility and notoriety were being enhanced by his undertaking of the painting of the romantic and historic Missions of CA, which he had begun the year earlier, in 1874. Ford received much notoriety and enthusiasm from the public throughout California for his work. Besides being a patron of the arts, Hollister also became one of Santa Barbara’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, financing and developing such projects as the Arlington Hotel, the Santa Barbara News-Press, Stearns Wharf, and the Lobero Theatre. But winds of a legal war were blowing.

Heirs of the Den Family, from whom Hollister bought the property were fixated on irregularities in the hasty purchase 12 or so years earlier and they hired Thomas Bishop an attorney from San Francisco to investigate Hollister’s purchase of the estate without getting approval from the probate court. Suit was filed in 1877 against Hollister, Ellwood Cooper and the Sturges Brothers, (owners of Tecolote Canyon) and the trial was known as the most important land case of the century in Southern California. During the proceedings, the public considered Bishop the villain, breaking out in hoots and catcalls when he spoke in court.

William W HollisterAfter 13 years of legal battle and acrimonious community dealings, the Hollister-Bishop lawsuit finally ended in 1890, in favor of the Den family estate. Colonel Hollister did not live to see the end of the predatory and expensive legal battle but died in 1886. A very popular figure, his three mile funeral procession was the longest in the Santa Barbara history of public funerals.

thomas_bishopThomas Bishop received as payment for his successful services the lower ranch of Glen Annie (and changed the name, of course). Bishop’s 240 acre ranch became, for nearly half a century, the largest farming operation in the Goleta Valley.

So, here is an interesting historical dilemma: If Henry Chapman Ford’s 1875 painting with HIS handwriting on the reverse annotating the title of the landscape as “Bishop Ranch – Glen Annie”… how could Bishop’s name be on it if Bishop didn’t own the land till 1890?!?! And given the rancor feelings from the lawsuit, would the name Glen Annie have survived the change-over in ownership in the community? And, its interesting that the landscape in the painting is clearly the canyon, which was not part of Bishop Ranch, but instead the Tecolotito Canyon property which was split off.

Since that time, the land has been through disputes between the Bishop Ranch and the United States Bureau of Reclamation, Crown Financial Interests of Chicago the owners of the NYC Empire State Building, land developers, the City of Goleta and most recently, the residents of the community of Goleta.

So, how did we save this painting, this “historical document” (if you will), this piece of our community’s heritage, you ask?


And this is why we do NOT patch paintings:


Inspired by an article in GOLETA HISTORY. A couple of years ago, Tom Modugno published an informative article on Bishop Ranch here in Goleta. 


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Public Art Protection Varnishing Murals and Oil Paintings for Future Maintenance Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:00:40 +0000 Continue reading ]]> One of two 18' ft murals in the gallery

One of two 18′ ft murals in the gallery

A common concern for public art on display is protection against accidents, even vandalism, and to find a way to make the often valuable artwork safe for maintenance. Seismic safety, especially along the Wasatch Front in Utah, both for the artwork and the public was also a concern on the mind of the curator of the Education in Zion Gallery at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Heather Seferovich.

These concerns are important to address whether the art is new or historical. She consulted with Harold B. Lee Library Head of Conservation, Chris McAfee about the best way to proceed. For these purposes, the gallery hired veteran painting conservation expert, Scott M. Haskins (from Fine Art Conservation Laboratories in Santa Barbara, CA) who also provides art conservation services for the History Dept of the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, UT.

The two beautiful 18’ murals on the north and south walls of the spacious permanent exhibition area have been one of the most engaging features ever since the Education in Zion Gallery opened in 2008. One mural depicts the Kirtland Temple with a stormy sky (The Temple, A Holy School), while the other features the early Brigham Young Academy building, which is now the Provo City Library (The School, A Temple of Learning). These beautiful murals represent the power of integrating sacred and secular learning and were painted specifically for this location and purpose.

10 years of grime were carefully removed from the murals before they were hand varnished (for the first time). The varnish quality chosen was conservation grade and based on Standards of Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the national professional art conservation organization – the AIC. Two paintings on display were also cleaned and varnished and went through a significant transformation.

See the short video of the work performed. Note, there is good information contained in this video for those that own paintings or are art collectors:

Mr. Haskins was assisted in the work by students from the Harold B. Lee Library conservation lab. They were able to clean parts of the murals and they also cleaned and waxed the frames. BYU Physical Facilities built the scaffolding in front of each of the two murals and helped remove the frames.

Seferovich, the curator of the Gallery conscientiously reviewed the measures taken to make all the artwork, including sculptures, safe if there were to be seismic activity. Of course, “safe” means not only for the artwork but also to make sure that the public is safe in the event that objects on display move. To their credit, Facilities also took the proactive actions to double check the seismic safety of the attachment of the murals to the walls and for the frame attachments around the two murals. They will not be coming off the wall with the next “big one” which is a comforting thought.

Be sure to visit the Education in Zion Gallery soon to see the finished conservation work on these stunning works of art, which symbolize the aims and mission of BYU. The gallery is grateful for Scott M. Haskins’ expertise in helping to conserve these murals.

Contact information:

Heather M. Seferovich, Curator, Education in Zion Gallery, 3183 JFSB, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 84602, (801) 422-3451

Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro Art Conservators, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc), P.O. Box 23557, Santa Barbara, CA 93121, 805 564 3438,

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The Preservation Idaho Award Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:10:07 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The State of Idaho named Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.) in its award of the Orchid and Onion Award from The Idaho Historic Preservation Council for the mural conservation treatments of the two Minerva Teichert murals in the extensive renovation of the LDS Tabernacle in Montpelier, Idaho in 2015.

The murals were removed from the building in order for them to not be damaged from the extensive demolition that was to take place. During their removal, considerable mold behind the canvases of the murals was discovered.

The murals received the mural restoration treatments at FACL’s facilities and then were reinstalled after all other renovation work was completed. Click here for a blog post with a short video about that work.

The Preservation Idaho Award 2015 copy

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Mural Restoration Expert Appointed by the City of Los Angeles Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:49:10 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Public Art Division –

City of Los Angeles Art Collection Appoints

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories

as Painting and Mural Restoration and Conservation Experts

The art conservation, art restoration and maintenance of murals and public art for the City of Los Angeles has been a privilege that we feel deeply over the years at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL). It feels good to offer socially conscious professional services to our community that help preserve art, history and heritage for generations into the future.

Graffiti removal from this mural (located close to Hollywood and Vine) was contracted to FACL with the recommendation of the mural's artist Thomas Suriya

Graffiti removal from this mural (located close to Hollywood and Vine) was contracted to FACL with the recommendation of the mural’s artist Thomas Suriya

Recently, FACL was chosen as the painting art conservation experts (paintings, mural preservation and restoration) for the City of Los Angeles’ newly formed Public Art Division – City Art Collection. We were awarded a 3 year contract (2017 – 2020 ). In partnership, FACL will be working with premier and nationally renown art handlers, COOKE’S CRATING AND FINE ART TRANSPORTATION, INC.

Graffiti removal from this mural (located close to Hollywood and Vine) was contracted to FACL with the recommendation of the mural’s artist Thomas Suriya

This new contract with the City of Los Angeles is similar to a previous public art maintenance painting and mural conservation and restoration gig that FACL and Cookes Crating had with the City through the now defunct Arts Commission.

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories is also presently providing the same art restoration oversight for the public art in the collections of the Federal Reserve (Los Angeles, Phoenix), The City of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), the History Dept of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (SLC, UT). See here the background info for FACL’s past consultation services.

In the past, Caltrans also took an active part in addressing the protection and maintenance of public art celebrating the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics murals along the downtown freeway. Freeway mural God-Father Vince Moreno of Caltrans made a hero’s effort to make that happen during his time in office (since retired). Scott M. Haskins, Head of Conservation at FACL, worked with Mr. Moreno to diffuse a series of law suits that were going to involve the State of California, The City of Los Angeles, Caltrans and several individuals. The work in question was to work with living artists of murals to satisfactorily remove graffiti and gray Caltrans paint to recover and preserve the murals from being obliterated. The first test case, which was successful and diffused the litigation, was the mural by Kent Twitchell of the Jim Morphesis Monument on the 101 freeway.

Mural before graffiti removal in 2011. See video of graffiti removal mural restoration

Mural before graffiti removal in 2011. See video of graffiti removal mural restoration

Scott M. Haskins, Mural Conservator and Kent Twitchell, Mural Artist are getting together next week to put an anti-graffiti layer on his new mural of Ed Ruscha (see video below), which replaces the mural that was painted out by the US Dept of Labor many years ago. Its been a long time comin’.

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Scott M. Haskins 805 564 3438


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Professional Associate of AIC (American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) Sun, 28 May 2017 05:53:22 +0000 Continue reading ]]>  

In Chicago at the Hyatt Regency for the AIC meeting 2017

In Chicago at the Hyatt Regency for the AIC meeting 2017

I’ve just arrived in Chicago for the week of the 2017 annual meeting of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). See the video Art Walk-About tour from this visit to Chicago at the end of this page. I’ve been a participating, active member since 1978. I’m responsible for the sub-group meeting of the art conservators in private practice.

As a member of AIC, my private painting conservation business supports and practices the professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as we protect, preserve and restore paintings and other fine art.

Between 1990 – 93 I was elected Vice Chairperson then Program Chairperson for the AIC sub-group Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP) which promotes business issues in private conservation practices. In 2002 I was asked to serve again on the board. then in 2013-1017 I served again as Chair. I’m proud of my service with this group.

Other Professional Affiliations:

Since 1978 Associate Member, International Institute for Conservation (IIC)

Since 1978 Member, Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC): In 1984 – 85 I served on the Board of Directors, then in 1982 – 83 Vice President, then in 1983 – 84 President.

Other areas of professional service have included the  Shroud of Turin Research Project, Consultant and Participant and as a grant proposal reviewer Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S. Gov’t)

Special Awards

2015   Heritage Award for State of Idaho, Minerva Teichert Murals, Montepelier, ID Click here

2005 Preservation Dallas, award for professional preservation from the City of Dallas, Texas for art mural conservation services rendered at Fair Park, Dallas Texas Click here

2003 Historic Preservation Award from the State of Texas for professional mural conservation services rendered at Fair Park, Dallas Texas Click here

October 2, 2003: National Trust for Historic Preservation Award , National Preservation Award which is the highest award for professional preservation from the United States Government for services rendered to the Fair Park, Dallas Texas Click here

1978: UNESCO delegate from the United States (vetted) to attend an international 3 month workshop in Venice, Italy for architectural conservation (murals). Award based on language skills, ability to contribute and recommendations from colleagues. Each UNESCO country chose 2 delegates to attend.

AIC Meeting 2017

Downtown Chicago from my hotel window.

Scott M. Haskins

805 570 4140

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Art Conservation Painting Restoration Client Testimonials from Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:48:19 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Nothing is as powerful as a spontaneous testimonial from a satisfied client. But can you trust the word or opinion of another person? Perhaps they don’t know the difference between a stretcher bar and a strainer? But, WHAT IF you had LOTS OF TESTIMONIALS, from collectors, dealers, corporate collections, government officials, auction houses, appraisers, etc that all gave the same good report? Put them all together and would that give you the confidence to at least call and ask some questions?

You see, there’s more to choosing a painting conservator than knowing if they can match paint colors. What if he/she is an excellent craftsman but couldn’t organize there way out of a shoe box? Or what if they can’t manage cash flow in their business? Or what if they put people like you as their last priority?

How long would it take you to call 10,20, 30 people to ask for a referral? Do you have time? On this page are some video testimonials and more links for the answers you are looking for. After all, you just want some assurance before you make the call yourself to ask your own questions, right? Note in this video that there are customers from Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City… all places we do on location estimates and evaluations and also offer pick up and delivery on a regular basis.

Clients were helped with water damaged artwork, smoke damaged artwork, ripped oil paintings repaired, mural restoration, cleaning a dirty oil painting, analysis of artwork. We work with private individuals, insurance companies, disaster response companies, the trade, institutions, government contracts etc.

Here are many other video testimonials on YouTube from our clients:

Call us to discuss your questions 805 564 3438

Smoke Damaged 19th Century Oil Painting in its original frame brought back to life with a careful and expert cleaning.

Smoke Damaged 19th Century Oil Painting in its original frame brought back to life with a careful and expert cleaning.

We have been working with clients in these areas for decades…

Do you live in Orange County?
Do you live in the LA area?
If you live in the Santa Barbara area?
See info for Las Vegas:
If you live in the Salt Lake City area:

Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro. Gaby Irving,

Art Conservators 805 564 3438 or

Preventable damage seems like a disaster... but listen to the testimonial in the video.

Preventable damage seems like a disaster… but listen to the testimonial in the video.

Here are some recent written testimonials

There isn’t anybody in LA that is even a close second in quality of work, your expertise and the service your company provides. You always treat my clients the way I would and represent me well. I always think of you for “fine work” on restoration and art conservation questions for fine art. Thanks again.  See you soon!!! Rita Amendola, Art Consultant, Appraiser, Los Angeles

Thank you for everything today! You and your teams service, the pickups and deliveries and your vast knowledge of art and contacts that you share with me are very much appreciated. Greg Colley, Art Dealer

As always…that was a terrific talk and inspiring! Chatter in the car on the way back to campus was enthusiastic. For most students this was likely the first time they ever encountered your profession let alone thought about the complex layers of conserving a work of art.  Nicely done!  Thank you! Judy Larson, Museum Director, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

There is a fabulous restorer in Santa Barbara – Fine Art Conservation Labs. Scott Haskins travels all over the world to museums/collectors to repair/clean/restore paintings. I suggest you contact them – they will do an amazing, incredible job of fixing your art’s problems. We use them all the time and would not go to anyone else.  Diane Waterhouse, Art Dealer, Santa Barbara

The shipped paintings arrived and your team did such a fantastic job with them.  I bought another painting on Saturday that I’d like to ship directly to you from Houston.   The painting is 30”x40”.  I know you guys will do a great job! I’m also looking forward to seeing the Donkey painting when it’s done.  Thanks again!!! Karen, Private Collector,

I have had Scott do art restoration for me since 2003. He’s the bomb and always does a great job. In fact, I always give him my difficult projects. I shop in Europe and he’s saved my butte a couple of times when I bought stuff that was not in as good a shape as I thought. He has also helped me with research and analysis on authentication projects. Use him. You will not be sorry. Rob, Costa Mesa, CA

My wife and I do some collecting and we feel we were really lucky to have met FACL at the LA Art Show at the LA Convention Center a couple of years ago. Scott’s whole office is a great group to work with and we appreciate the door to door service. Mostly we expected to talk to Scott about cleaning etc our paintings but Scott has helped us know what to do to earthquake proof our paintings, collectibles, crystal etc. His instructional video has been really good and we have appreciated the personal instruction/lesson. So, thanks Scott for all you are doing for us. We enjoy very much our business and association. Mike, Tustin, CA

I bought an old painting while on a European trip many years ago that seemed very discolored or dark to me. So I gave it to Scott (who came and evaluated it at my home, then took it and redelivered it… convenient!). I had gotten Scott’s name from the director of the Laguna Arts Festival for whom Scott does consulting, lectures and workshops. I was so pleased and surprised at the total transformation and good work. It was done on time and on budget. He even threw in a few free touch ups on the frame. Thanks Scott and the rest of you at FACL. Jan in Laguna Beach, CA

You have an impressive list of clients you deal with. I’m amazed that a restorer not only preserves, conserves and repairs paintings but offers innumerable services as a consultant, a legal art expert and even advices how to save the stuff from a disaster. I guess I had the wrong… or outdated, idea of what restoration of art is. Really, it’s admirable and thanks for this really interesting website. Eva, Newport Beach, CA

It’s always fun to see the temples you work in, and I thoroughly enjoy finding out who the original artists were on the temple murals. As you are an art historian, I hope you have enjoyed my book and that I have done justice to the subject. Also, I am thoroughly jealous of what you get to do!  Brian Olsen,

I am touched that you took the trouble to reply – thank you! It is as I thought, but mother hoped there would be a solution to the problem. Thanks again and best wishes, Galina- New Haven, Connecticut

Owned by a master restorer of harpsichords, see the testimonial in the video

Owned by a master restorer of harpsichords, see the testimonial in the video

Contact info
Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro. Gaby Irving,

Art Conservators 805 564 3438 or

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Smoke Damage on Artwork – We work as a sub to disaster response companies Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:32:53 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Liability during clean up is a big issue with smoke damage on paintings and other artwork-collectible objects. I mean, we are specialized in treating paintings and all our professional art restoration services center around doing this correctly. How can an unprofessional person, hitting things with a sponge, do the same kind of quality work? Here’s an example:

We are located in sunny Southern California and even on this winter day, it was close to 70 degrees. When AIG insurance company and Elite-Restoration Inc. (disaster response company) agreed to fly me to Sun Valley, Idaho to inspect and estimate 40-60 smoke damaged items… I was unprepared psychologically for the -10 degree temperature when I walked out of my hotel in the morning. But traveling to help people get the right quality professional help is part our business.Scott M. Haskins consulting on smoke damage artwork in Ketchum, Idaho

For the on-site inspection I used the inventory (with a photo) that Elite-Restoration already had in hand and added to it my observations. When we opened up the storage facility, it stunk to high heaven! I reviewed each of the 40 framed items suggesting the ways that the smell could be permanently eliminated. Also of interest to the owners was a list of “pre-existing conditions” that could be worked on while they were being cleaned but for which AIG would not be responsible for paying but would help to “dial-in” the items to their best condition.

framed collectibles smoke damaged

With my art conservation proposal and budget in hand, Elite-Restoration and AIG had a professional tool to help manage their project efficiently and to help take liability off their shoulders. In this case, the responsibility of this clean up job was given to FACL to perform which distanced Elite-Restoration from the liability of working on the valuable artwork and the items the family felt emotional about saving in its best condition. After all, the goal is to get back to pre-damaged condition and restore peace of mind to the insured.

Jaryn McKnight, Area Manager, Elite Restoration Inc.
621 South Main Unit B
Bellevue, Idaho 83313
(208) 788-9463 office
(208) 721-3830 cell
(208) 734-6304 fax

FACL – Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro, Art Conservators 805 564 3438

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