The Blue Mountains’ fully qualified &

highly experienced  painting conservator


 K.S. Art Restoration


Do you have an old or damaged painting that needs some special care?

Has your masterpiece turned into a disaster-piece? Then read on.

K.S. Art Restoration offers the following:

Based in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney

Highly trained with Australian qualifications

Nearly 25 years experience in Australia and Europe

High level of workmanship to museum and gallery standards

Affordable and very competitive hourly rates

Quotes and initial assessments are free.


What K.S. Art Restoration does


Hey there, I’m Kristel Smits and I run K.S. Art Restoration. Repairing and preserving old and damaged paintings is what I do best. It doesn’t matter if you have a painting of artistic importance, if it has financial value or sentimental value. Whether it needs a major restoration treatment or just a light clean. Every artwork is treated with tender loving care because I genuinely love paintings.

I’m an Australian trained conservator with loads of Australian and European experience. So you can be sure of fine workmanship and attention to detail. Do you have a traditional or contemporary painting, or an art object with a damaged paint layer? I have experience with all three.

Before treatment

After treatment

Before treatment

After treatment

Stabilising and preserving your artwork for the future is just as important as restoring the original aesthetic, because you want your artwork to last not just to look good. All materials used are archival and reversible. This is combined with a museum approach of minimal intervention, and a focus on the artist’s intention.

What does that mean for you and your painting? The best quality repairs. It means that the restoration will highlight the artist’s original colours and paintbrush work, not the restorer’s work. I aim to make top quality art restoration more convenient and affordable for people living in regional NSW. So you can get that family heirloom conserved and looking it’s best without spending the rest of the inheritance.

Contact me


Want to get in touch? Use the contact form below. Want more details about the types of artworks I restore? Scroll down further and see the ‘Specialities’ section.

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♦  Traditional and contemporary paintings
Wood panel paintings from as early as the 1500s, to contemporary works made of modern materials


♦  Artworks of sentimental value and cultural significance
Paintings of sentimental or financial value alike, as well as those of historical or cultural significance


♦  Painted art objects
Painted art objects made of wood, bark and even glass, as well as artefacts from Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region made of plant and animal materials


♦  Paintings in oils, acrylics and enamel paints
Paintings on various types of supports including canvas, wood, board, cardboard, and occasionally metal or glass


♦  Aboriginal artworks
Canvas paintings and painted objects made of wood, bark, plant fibres and ochre pigments as well as those made of modern materials


◊  What I don’t do
Watercolour paintings, drawings and prints on paper. These are the speciality of a paper conservator. To find a paper conservator you can visit the AICCM website at:


Find out more about my training, previous work experience and read client testimonials


The gallery of before and after treatment photos lets you view some of the conservation projects undertaken


If you’re an art collector, Regional Gallery or other collecting institution, please visit the Services page to see how I can help you