Kristel Smits

    The Blue Mountains’ fully qualified &

highly experienced  painting conservator

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

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

KS Art Restoration offers the following:


Based in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney

Highly trained with Australian qualifications

25+ years of experience in Australia and Europe

High level of workmanship to art museum standards

Competitive hourly rates

Quotes and initial assessments are free.


What KS Art Restoration does


Hey there, I’m Kristel Smits and I run KS Art Restoration in the Blue Mountains. 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 TLC, because I genuinely love paintings.

I’m an Australian trained conservator with loads of Australian and European experience. So you can be sure of careful and ethical workmanship and attention to detail. Do you have a traditional or contemporary painting, by an Australian, Indigenous or International artist? I have experience in all three categories.

To find out more about my training and experience visit the About page.

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Before treatment

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After treatment

Painting restoration Blue Mountains

Before treatment

painting restoration

After treatment

To view more before and after treatment photos, visit the Gallery Page here

Stabilising and preserving your artwork for the future is just as important as restoring the original aesthetic. Because if you’re paying for restoration work you want your artwork to last, not just to look good in the short term. 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. In fact my restoration work won’t even be visible once the restoration is complete. I aim to make top quality art restoration more convenient and more affordable for people living in the Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and Regional NSW. So now you can get that family heirloom conserved and looking it’s best without spending the rest of the inheritance.


♦  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


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


♦  Indigenous Australian artworks
Canvas paintings and painted objects made of wood, bark, plant fibres and ochre pigments.

⊗  What I don’t do

I don’t work on watercolour paintings, drawings or prints on paper. These are the speciality of a paper conservator. To search for a paper conservator or your choice, you can visit the AICCM website at:  Just go their ‘Find a Conservator’ page.

Please note:  I do at times get the opportunity to work on oil paintings painted on paper or cardboard – this still falls within my specialisation.

Get in Touch


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KS Art Restoration


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

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

Kristel Smits art restoration


If you own a single artwork or you’re an art collector, please visit the Services page to see how I can best help you