What People Are Saying About FACL’s Expertise and Services
(Note variety of geographical locations)
What Don Francis Framing in Venice Beach Has To Say…
Here Is George Stern Fine Arts in West Hollywood, CA
Expert Witness Testimonial – Charles Bonner, Attorney in San Francisco, CA
From Anthony Christensen Fine Art and Antiques
An amazing art gallery in Salt Lake City
Quotes From Highly Regarded Professionals And Experts In Related Fields
(more video testimonials follow)
“Scott, you may be the best conservator I know in the country. I have enjoyed working with you more than I can express.” Perry Huston, Past President American Institute From Conservation, Dallas, Texas
“This was a very politically charged project in the City of San Francisco for over 10 years. We needed someone beyond reproach that we could count on to “knock the ball out of the park.” That’s why we chose Scott Haskins and FACL. Mr. Al Albano, Consultant, Piazzoni Mural Project, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
Scott and his staff performed perfectly and did superb quality conservation work on this very delicate painting conservation project. His skills as Conservation Team Leader were superb and much appreciated. Dr. Carl Grim, Chief Conservator, De Young Museum
“I feel confident that Scott Haskins is the right expert to continue your efforts to authenticate the work.” In a letter to art collectors by Molly Ott Ambler, Senior Vice President, International Director, Head of Americas: Impressionist & Modern Art for Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
“Scott , The delivery and work was superb and we are very thankful for your excellent skills and for the return of a piece we love. “ Sincerely Michael and David, Art Scholars and Collectors, West Hollywood, CA
“Dear Scott & FACL, Inc. Staff, YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!!! The painting looked GREAT and I’m happy. I look forward to working more with you! My very best,” Dennis Marchesi, Marchesi & Co., Art Dealer, Desert Springs, CA
Mark Garrido, Project Manager for the General Contractor on the project posted the following on Linkedin.com for Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.). “Scott and his FACL staff of highly competent professional art conservators performed the critical salvage and restoration of a very valuable, irreplaceable historic mural in the main lobby of the Burbank, CA Police/Fire headquarters (as a sub to the general contractor for the City of Burbank). This restoration was a major component of a large water damage correction project that included replacement of the curtain wall system, stone flooring, planters and memorial monument in the middle of and surrounding the mural. Project scheduling was very tight and coordination critical and complex. Under Scott’s hands-on leadership, FACL’s restoration of the mural was flawless, their performance timely and seamless and their cooperation and team work exemplary. Without reservation, I give Scott and FACL my highest recommendation.” Service Category: Art conservation. Year hired: 2009 Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
The conservation services, expertise and availability of FACL’s consultations have been of the highest quality and very important to our department (curatorial). In addition, we have greatly appreciated Scott’s willingness to speak at functions, put on workshops for our docents and be an active part of our professional services. We have also greatly appreciated FACL’s flexibility with our budget restraints!” Theresa Manalo, Curator, The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is so lucky to have a professional conservator of such quality and professionalism right in our own town. FACL is a great resource for us.” Dr. Robert Henning, Chief Curator
“Scott, you provided the exact services we needed and did a wonderful job (consulting on mold damage on art in a historic structure). Thank you so much for your help. We look forward to a good working relationship with FACL into the future.” Brent G. Thompson, Director Historical Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“Thank you for the excellent service and over the top quality workmanship for the conservation of our damaged items. I appreciate your timely response and I am 100% pleased with the results and services provided by FACL.” Insurance claim by Lucinda Bliss, Insured with Chartis Insurance Co.(aka AIG)
“We would have been in big trouble and you made our navigation through the City (Dallas) and with the project’s architects streamlined and professional. Your quality services and reputation were cemented in our minds when we heard the inspector say they didn’t need to inspect your work for final quality – un heard of in our industry!” Tim Storms , Roberts-Obrien Construction, General Contractor
“Scott enabled our settlement to be acceptable to both the Dept. of Labor and the artist. His expertise and professionalism proved invaluable.” Steven Schwartz, attorney for Dept. of Labor, Public art suit. https://usip.com/pdf/Recent_Articles/Intellectual-Property-Today.pdf
“Thank you for spending some time with me last Friday afternoon. I very much appreciate your tour of the Fine Art Conservation Lab. I feel like I’ve discovered a new treasure! Thank you too, for the copy of your book. I am still shaking my head in wonder at having crossed paths with you (the author) in the aftermath of losing our home and contents in the Tea fire.” Jennifer Taylor, Director of Internships, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
“Scott, you (FACL) met my expectations, which was a perfect job. My absolute confidence in your work was absolutely confirmed. Thanks so much.” Jay Friedman, Art Dealer, Santa Barbara
After having worked with Scott Haskins on a collection conservation assessment survey, Wendy Adair, VP at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX stated, “That was the best money we ever spent. I can’t tell you how much we have enjoyed working with you!” https://www.tsumurals.org
We were reminded the other evening of the amazing restoration work FACL did in 2016 (wow, 4 years ago already) on the above referenced painting. It was painted in 1790 and looked quite like it. Now it looks new and amazing and we receive many favorable comments about it. Thank you again for your terrific, highest quality work. We will not hesitate to recommend FACL for any of your services. Kind regards, Robert and Marlene, Restorers of Time Pieces, Solvang, CA
“We are singing your praises around Caltrans. What took 6 months to do during the previous restoration attempt, you have done in two weeks and the artwork looks better. Thank you for working so well with us (Caltrans) and Public Works.” Edward, Caltrans https://www.savefreewaymurals.com
Other Video Testimonials
Greg Colley, Collector, Dealer in Glendale, CA:
Jerry Solomon, Framer in Los Angeles, CA:
Property Owners, Mural Project, Los Angeles, CA:
Tom Suriya, Mural Artist, Santa Fe, NM:
Kent Twitchell, Mural Artist, Los Angeles, CA:
Paul Daniels, Celebrity Art and Murals, Los Angeles
Scott, I want to thank you so very much for your recent advice on how to handle two significant problems that arose when I varnished two valuable oil paintings. The depth of your knowledge and generosity of your time was much appreciated, and after following your instructions one could never tell there was any problem.
Thank you, thank you! Linda Crank
Disaster Response Company, PuroClean
“We have trusted FACL in Santa Barbara since 2002 with all our work, especially with our most difficult restoration projects, knowing that the art conservation treatments will be done right the first time. They are expedient in turnaround, do excellent work and I always get great results. Besides the actual work on our gallery’s paintings, I depend on Scott Haskins for his unparalleled expertise in connoissuership and his high integrity and business ethics”
Wynne Benti, Coons Gallery, Bishop, CA
I just bought a Redmond that you worked on and it was so gorgeous and your work so wonderful that I bought it as soon as I saw it. Would you please email me a “condition report” for the repaired Redmond? My insurance comp needs it to arrive at a value for my new policy. Thank you and I will be contacting you again soon! Bernard, Private Collector in Orange County, CA
“Scott and FACL, Inc. team: We, at MCLA are extremely grateful about the restoration of Jim Morphesis Monument! We know that the thousands who drive by this iconic mural everyday will be delighted to see Kent Twitchell’s mural returned to its original glory thanks to FACL’s great restoration job. We are also aware that this restoration is also a labor of love – MCLA’s, Kent Twitchell’s, FACL’s team, and Caltrans, as we all share a great love for the City of Los Angeles and its amazing murals! I am happy beyond words. You have done an amazing job!” Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director, The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) http://www.savefreewaymurals.com
I can’t tell you how happy I am with your work on the portrait. It is just killer! ( I’m a guy, so I hate using words like fabulous or breathtaking) I find myself walking into the living room at least a couple of times a day and just staring at it. I can’t thank you all enough for a job well done. Please let everyone at FACL all know.All our best from here at the Reagan Library.Bob
Meet several of our art dealer clients with whom we have worked since 1987. The venue for this video is the LA Art Show – a fun place to meet art!
Thumbtrack is a professional referral service and recommends FACL for art conservation and painting restoration services.
After being selected in a competitive selection process, a four year project in Cedar Rapids Iowa City Hall involved working with departments in City Hall and other interested parties during the phases of working on each of the four murals to remove overpaint, clean, inpaint, consolidate detachments, and varnish. Production of media materials for public outreach and fundraising was also part of the project.
Painting Restoration Returned Lost Details to 19th Century Maritime Painting
A Testimonial From A US Military Base
“Mr. Haskins, B. Gen Chuck Yeager was here (Edwards Air Force Base) last week and we told him about your wonderful help with the signature wall in P-1. Talk to you soon!” From Major Hutchison.
Over my professional career I’ve had many opportunities to work on military bases on historical murals, mostly. But my visit to Edwards Air Force Base was a bit different… they had a Flyer’s Wall in the Officer’s Club on base with signatures of many great and notable pilots. Major Hutchison was very interested in preserving the historical signatures on the wall and as we chatted I expressed a dream of mine to fly the speed of sound (or break the sound barrier). Shortly thereafter, this wonderful gesture on her part arrived in the mail, which I was thrilled to receive! I consider Brigadier General Chuck Yeager’s breaking of the sound barrier a major technological and heroic event in my lifetime.
Hollywood star Balky from Perfect Strangers
collects art and gives a testimonial for art conservation services.
Also, a surprising discovery of a hidden inscription
is found on the back of his painting:
Painting Restoration Hollywood Celebrity Testimonial Analysis of Art Los Angeles from Scott M. Haskins on Vimeo.
From Texas State University
Endless thanks to you for the countless hours you’ve spent with The History of Ranching—the mural is so much better for it. And we definitely couldn’t have done the installation without you. Boundless thanks, boundless praise, and safe travels to you! We’ll be in touch soon—I’ll keep you posted on trim, lighting, etc. Best, David Coleman, Director of The Wittliff Collection, Alkek Library, Texas State University
General Contractor: https://youtu.be/gm0bw-OAviw
Project Director: https://youtu.be/84eQMVkAYoc
You’ll probably remember in 2020 Covid 19/China Virus/Pandemic?
(yeah, how could we forget!)
We upped our already tried and true assistance with organization’s outreach efforts by putting on webinars that are entertaining, educational and customized to meet the needs of the public they serve. Here are a few examples and testimonials:
Thank you for being the centerpiece for our very first Webinar. You and your team made the process easier and have set a high bar for the rest of our forays into online presentations. We have our first donation on the books and with 51 attendees, it has created a great level of interest for us and our projects. I really like the additional information you added to your presentation about the Madonna painting. Pomonans are proud of what we have in our museums and that was the right touch to involve our members.
We deeply appreciate your help and time, especially volunteering to come to peoples’ homes for larger donations. Your willingness to help is great. I look forward to working with you in the future. Stay safe and well.
Deborah Clifford, President, Historical Society of Pomona Valley
Hi Scott, Great webinar presentation last night for the Historical Museum of Pomona Valley! I am so glad I attended!! I am inspired to loop back with you about our organization in Pasadena, who you helped many years ago to look at our paintings, consulting and making recommendations for our Conservancy Committee. We are going to be entering into a restoration project to do some retrofitting and enhancements to our 100 year old house and during this work, it would be the ideal time to restore the very large painting in the front hall (that we fondly call “The Nat King Cole” painting as it was donated to the school by Nat.) and some of the other plein air paintings. Plus, we will need to ensure storage for paintings as well… which I see you now offer this valuable service.
I’ll need to gather the Head of School, Director of Development, Facilities Director and a Board member or two for you to visit with and discuss our projects? Let’s plan it for next week! Warmest regards,
Thank you Angela for all your positive responses about the webinar. I certainly enjoyed your attendance and participation. Thank you!
I’m excited about helping you with your collection and, if I may perhaps, help you with fundraising?! I am in your area often, even next week… And so, as soon as you can organize it, we could do it. Give me a call and we’ll have a nice chat. Best to call me on my mobile, and feel free to call me even after hours or on weekends if that is more convenient for you. Looking forward to working with you and your organization!
Scott 805 570 4140 Mobile
For A WPA Post Office Mural in Richmond, CA (Oakland)
Executive Director Melinda McCrary, Richmond Museum of History (Oakland, CA), saving, preserving, restoring, installing 1941 WPA mural by Victor Arnautoff, past-artistic director of Coit Tower murals and protege of Diego Rivera.
Seismic considerations, toxic lead material,
produced 2 educational webinars for members/fundraising/membership drive.
In the Salt Lake City Area
Another video from people entrusting their treasured heirloom painting to us for preservation and restoration
A relative of mine asked me to look up an art conservator in the Palm Springs area to repair one of his damaged paintings in his house in Palm Springs while I was visiting the area in October 2021. Instinctively I turned to the internet, where else! I found the Fine Art Conservation Lab website and began my research into this company. Being satisfied with the reviews, I subsequent sent an email detailing the painting repair needs. Scott, the owner, responded directly. Scott’s team of talented artists did a superb repair job. The painting had a new frame which absolutely enhanced the beautiful painting. When I brought the painting home, my relative said “Thank you so much for having found such good people to effect the repair and reframing too.” I highly recommend FACL to anyone who needs professional help with their family art collection.
Thank you Christina very much for your nice comments… and for trusting us! We enjoyed working with you on this project, very much. Scott M. Haskins
Hi Scott, Loved the book, thank you!
Thanks so much Genevieve!
Scott and his team at FACL did an amazing job on the restoration of our painting “Nuestra Señora de los Angeles” ( Our Lady of the Angels) from the 1845 Chapel of Ricardo Vejar. Not only did they bring a seriously damaged piece of history back to life, they also helped us realize that the piece had a life prior to it’s arrival at Vejar’s Chapel, most likely at one of the California Missions. The thrilling results of their efforts have encouraged us to move forward with restoration of a second painting from the Chapel and a whole new exhibit on “Pomona’s First Church”. From the start their was never a question in my mind that Scott was the man for the job. Join us in April 2022 for the opening of the new exhibit at the Palomares Adobe Museum, Pomona CA.
Historical Society of the Pomona Valley
Scott and his team did an incredible job restoring a Studio Proof. He was great at communicating throughout the process and very knowledgeable about options for restoration. We will be referring all of our collectors to him.
I was recently tasked with managing my late grandfather’s collection of Spanish Colonial paintings, and had no idea how to begin. Fortunately, I found Scott Haskins. Scott is extremely knowledgeable and patient, and answered all my questions, even the ones I didn’t know to ask. He clearly has a passion for art and the preservation of history. When the time comes to begin restoration, I will be entrusting the paintings to his care.
Thanks Celia for your kind words! We look forward to working with you.
I have a largish oil painting on canvas done by an uncle of mine which has not been cared for well and has a couple of small tears; I have it rolled in a tube. It has some sentimental value and I would like to hang it if I can make it presentable within reasonable costs.
it is about 30X50 inches and about 70 years old; I just want it cleaned and minor repairs done on it. Do you have any idea how much it will cost so I may make a decision to proceed or not.
There are quite a few questions we need to discuss before I can answer your questions. My answers may generate other questions for you. Its best if we talk on the phone. Call my mobile at 805 570 4140, Scott
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I want to thank Scott for taking the time on a Sunday to speak to me about the repair process for a specific mural. He thoroughly explained what needed to be done and was happy to answer additional questions I had. I would highly recommend FACL for any of your art repair needs. Thanks again, Scott!
Thanks Marci, it was a pleasure talking with you.
All my best,
Thanks again, Scott, for your great expertise and generosity in helping our nonprofit deal with our mural restoration issue. We have a plan in place and will continue to work with your insights guiding our process. FACL is truly helpful – a life-saver.
My pleasure Warren. We’ll talk again soon after your testing.
Thanks, Scott, for your amazing and detailed support for restoring our beloved mural. We had a significant issue regarding restoration, and FACL is helping us through the problem. We support young adults with meals, educational experiences and service opportunities. Our mural is the face of our organization. As a Director of a nonprofit, I have worked with many people who give of their time and expertise to those in need, but have not found a more generous and knowledgeable expert in any field than Scott at FACL. Thanks again!
Warren Light, Director, Wesley Foundation at the University of Oregon, LCC, and NCU
My husband and I were very cautious when looking for a professional art restorer ( we learned that the actual professional term is art conservator) to whom we wanted to entrust our inherited ripped painting. After several disappointing attempts we found FACL’s great website and interesting educational videos and we were very hopeful. Scott Haskins came to our home in Dana Point and explained clearly the options, processes and we enjoyed the visit very much. Today, just as FACL promised, our painting was returned to us and I was very amazed at the exceptional repair. Our painting looks better than we expected! The rip is completely non detectable with no patch. I couldn’t be more amazed at the magic of the wonderful work and professional service. Thank you!!!!
FACL restored an early 20th century pastel for me and they did an amazing job. Scott is very knowledgeable, plus he is a genuinely nice person and loves what he does. In addition to the restoration work, he had it matted and framed and it came out beautifully. Francesca, his office manager, is also pleasant to work with and great at what she does. I highly recommend FACL for any art restoration project and wouldn’t hesitate to use their services again.
Thank you Brett for leaving this nice comment… and thank you for trusting us with your nice piece of art.
I just had Scott and Diane come to my house to restore and protect a mural that is very close to my heart. It was painted by my good friend David Legaspi, who passed away several years ago – way too soon. All who knew him miss him dearly and his legacy lives on through his art all over Southern California. FACL helped to preserve this important legacy. Not only are Scott and Diane wonderful to be around, but they are hands down the best in the business!! Scott’s expertise and experience allows him to handle any circumstance to ensure that the art will live on in peak form. Thank you so much, Scott and Diane!! I’m very grateful. So glad that I found FACL!
Thanks Harmony for your nice comments and for the opportunity to work with you on your mural. We enjoyed it thoroughly.
Appreciate Mr. Haskins’ quick return of a phone call from AZ inquiring about conservation of family painting. Looking forward to his suggestions for next steps and working with FACL.
I contacted FACL in October 2015 regarding an oil painting that has been part of my wife’s family for decades. Scott Haskins promptly returned my phone call and gave me details about their repair and restoration processes and experience working with several art galleries locally in Laguna Beach. We researched other local companies only to find that their processes did not seem as thorough and detailed as those used by FACL. I am confident that FACL is the right choice!
Thanks Jerren for the nice comments.
This was the first time I have had to search out conservation services for a fine art oil painting I recently purchased. Your prompt reply to my initial email and our subsequent conversation helped me evaluate my options. I sincerely appreciated your suggestions for an easily done test to see if the slight damage was in the varnish or extended into the painting itself. As soon as my options are clear from the shipper who created the problem, I will be in touch as I have decided that your professional attention to my needs is the best way to return this painting to the best possible condition.
Thank you from Henderson, Nevada
Thanks Gene for your comment and for your call. Let me know if I can help further.
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This is a great page for people to send to friends. I’ll be sure to send a few people this way. Good work, keep it up!
I met with Scott Haskins related to the possible restoration of a valuable original watercolor in a private collection. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and generous with his time, and I am convinced the advice he gave me was spot on.
Thanks for your comment Walter. Best wishes.
Please call GiGi about a painting to be restored as well as some Boehm Porcelain which was damaged at 698 2098. Love Elizabeth Stewart
Thanks Elizabeth for the referral. I always appreciate your support and our association. To anyone reading this comment, Elizabeth is a great source for art and estate appraisals!!
Scott, I am a working artist and discovered an unusual anomaly in my recently finished painting. I asked around the local art supply stores, called a representative from a paint company, art store manager, and no one seemed to have any answers. I found your website on-line and called. You answered the call and provided some professional expertise on the spot. I am now in the process of “restoring” my own painting. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Wayne Rivard
Thanks Wayne, for leaving your nice comment. Best wishes, Scott
That testimonial page is very useful, thanks.
Your testimonials blog summary is very useful…thanks for sharing it.
I appreciate your video testimonials which are really impressive.
I enjoyed the videos and would/could make one also applauding the service and quality of FACL, Scott Haskins and his team. We would not go anywhere else for help. I appreciate especially the collecting tips Scott has shared saving us $10,000s.
We have trusted FACL in Santa Barbara since 2002 with all our work, especially with our most difficult restoration projects, knowing that the art conservation treatments will be done right the first time.
Wendy Adair told me she has the highest regard for Scott Haskins and his work. She has loved working with him.
Thanks for these testimonials. They were helpful.
Nice testimonials. You sound like you know what you are doing.
I can “second” the testimonials on this page. I have had the pleasure of doing business with FACL several times and their work is always 1st class. But one thing that is also important to me, especially when I sell something, is that dealers and the auction houses recognize FACL’s label and know Scott Haskins and recognize the quality work. His reputation precedes him.
Scott’s been working with us in part as a conservator on our very large historic preservation project (we are Historic Preservation Designer architects) and partly as a consultant who helps us keep quality control on an artist whose new mural work must blend with the historic mural work. THANK GOODNESS for Scott and that he is on our project!!! Scott’s problem solving, his attention to construction timelines, his immediate response when we had a water main burst and his quality work were extremely important on this project. I don’t think the artist would have ever “dialed in” his work without Scott. I’ve enjoyed working with him immensely and I am thankful he was with us on this project.
Thanks Megan for the posting. Its been a BIG project and one that I have been honored to be a part of. I have enjoyed working with your company and personnel very much.
We have worked with Scott and his team on several projects and have loved working with him. We felt comfortable with his consultation and the other conservators are “on it” too.
Thanks for posting these. Very helpful.
Kudos to Scott and rest of the FACL team for pulling off this extraordinary feat! They have with their tremendous skill and perseverance made the S.F residents proud.
Thanks for leaving the comment Dan. George Stern Fine Arts was in charge of a large estate of paintings by well known Otis Art Institute Director E. Roscoe Shrader. We at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories had the honor of doing the conservation work on 100’s of paintings. The show/exhibition/sale of the entire collection at George Stern Fine Arts and the resulting book was so successful that the exhibit was shown at the Laguna Art Museum. Here’s a quick video of the opening evening at the museum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSGU_aSYqlA
Wow, that was some awesome collection in “Here Is George Stern Fine Arts in West Hollywood, CA” Video. There were only 4 paintings shown and I would like to see more of your work at his gallery.