Tess is a third generation trained specialist in the restoration of oil paintings and frames. After completing her BS degree at UMass in 1981, she began her training in England as an apprentice to the well known art restorer Guy V. Reed who in turn had trained under Helmut Ruhemann, for four decades the foremost authority in the field as consultant restorer to London’s National Gallery and Chief of Technology for the Courthauld Institute in London. He was a world expert in restoring old master paintings and helped to found the International Institute of Conservation in London, 1950. He is credited with the modern concept of the cleaning of paintings.
After her apprenticeship Tess returned to the US where she has owned her own restoration service in both Massachusetts and Florida. As an independent art restorer for over 30 years, Tess is recognized as an expert and fully qualified to manage all treatments and restorations of oil paintings. She manages projects from a simple cleaning to full restorations of paintings on canvas and panel (wood, metal). Gilded wood and gesso frames can be proficiently restored on request.
A PARTIAL LIST OF CLIENTELE INCLUDE:
The Backus Gallery
Koman Fine Art
Palm City Art and Frame
George William Smith Art Museum
The Florida Club
Melange Art and Antiques
State Farm Insurance large loss division
Sharon Whitney Interiors
Sandra Neustadter Gallery
And many other private and non-profit clients