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K.S. Art Restoration was founded in 2014 by me, Kristel Smits. After following a teenage ambition to become a painting conservator and now with 25 years experience, enjoyment and love for the job is still the main motivation.

” What better reward is there for an art lover than looking closely at art every day for a living? “

As a small art conservation practice, you’ll be sure the person quoting on the job will be the only one working on your painting. Work can be done on-site or in the studio, depending on the size or value of the artwork and the scale of the project. The aim is to keep costs affordable but fair, comparable to tradies rates, and work is done expertly and efficiently. 

As a Professional Member of the AICCM – the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials – you’re assured that I’ve met their requirements for training, ethics, experience and regular skills development.

I’ve worked for the following institutions

before starting K.S. Art Restoration:

          Qualifications and experience

restoration of paintings

Academic training

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation of Cultural Materials (specialised in Easel Paintings), University of Canberra
  • Master of Art (Coursework) in Painting, College of Fine Arts, UNSW

  • Master of Fine Arts (Research) in Painting, College of Fine Arts, UNSW

  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management, South East Training Services

My story and experience

After the art conservation degree, I spent 4 years in Europe doing 3 major internships. This allowed me to work on some incredible 16th and 17th century paintings in the Netherlands and England, and on modern and contemporary art in Germany. I then spent 13 years in Sydney working in large public galleries on a wide variety of paintings and art objects, as well as in private practice. K.S. Art Restoration was started 7 years ago and was quickly followed by my move to Katoomba.

oil painting

Other experiences

Art remains a hobby and a passion, as well as my career. Drawing and painting in my spare time, the job gives me a true understanding of artist’s materials, techniques and processes. Sometimes it also gives me artistic inspiration. Occasionally I exhibit my work and teach art classes to share my knowledge. 

painting cleaner

Oil on wood panel painting before art conservation

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Painting after varnish removal and restoration

To see more examples of restoration work, visit the Gallery page here.

Testimonials & Words of Thanks


My wife Jenny and I engaged Kristel to clean and restore a small but important European portrait. . . Kristel’s highly professional work and amazing attention to detail revealed the portrait as we imagined it was when the artist first completed it. The fine details, original colours and the background are now clear and the signature is much more distinct. Now the portrait will be enjoyed for the future by ourselves and others.” 

Danny & Jenny


Kristel you have done such an amazing job on my painting. I only wish that my mother were alive to see it. You have brought to life so much detail & clarity – it is such a beautiful work. I can’t thank you enough for your care & professionalism.”


aboriginal art


Kristel came recommended to us by 2 very reputable people. Her restoration of a large late 19th century Australian oil painting amply confirmed their recommendation. She kept us well informed at every stage of the process about her progress, our options, and the costs. The result was exceptional value for money. A valuable work brought back to life and well preserved for another generation.”



Kristel has done an outstanding job in bringing back the vibrancy and colour in the painting. Her conservation treatment has exposed detail that was previously obscured. Her professionalism and provision of progress reports inspired confidence and we are delighted with the final result.”


aboriginal paintings


Hi Kristel, thank you for the wonderful restoration on my Balinese lady painting. John and I are very pleased with the outcome. It means a lot to see this family heirloom from my grandfather restored to its original state.”