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The Painting Doctor

Specializing in the Restoration of Oil Paintings
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Restoration by Mail

Restoring your painting is made easy with services provided via mail. Send me photos of your painting to receive a complementary analysis of the painting, services that can be provided, and the cost. If you wish to proceed, ship the painting to the Paint Doctor and it will be returned to you fully restored.


In many cases, the most visually dramatic results (and most requested) can be achieved through the careful removal of grime, smoke, dirt, and old varnish layers. This process typically requires the slow, methodical use of special solvents and neutralizers, cotton balls, Q-tips, and hours spent working on your painting under a bright light and magnifier.


Repair of Damage

“Damage” may take many forms. Typically, painted surfaces have been scratched, holes have pierced the painting, and paint has chipped or flaked off. Holes are often mended by applying a linen patch to the back of the painting, followed by “inpainting” to the front of the canvas to match and unify the missing parts of the original painting. Other, more technical processes, might be required to repair the wide variety of structural and aesthetic impairments that have occurred over time.


First and foremost, your oil painting is a work of art. While many individuals can learn to clean a painting, and even repair a tear or hole, it is the careful re-application of paint to the surface of the painting that reveals the difference between having a painting restored by a technician or a true artist! The careful and precise mixing and application of oil paint, replicating the original artist’s technique, will allow a casual (or often, even a trained) viewer to enjoy a unified work of art….or, as is often the case when a painting is “restored” by a non-artist, a work of art that still appears damaged or flawed.


New Varnish

Since the time of the “Old Masters”, varnish has been applied to oil paintings as the final step. Varnish not only protects the painting from dirt becoming embedded directly into the paint, but it has the effect of brightening and unifying a painting’s appearance. However, over time varnish tends to darken (and the more coasts of varnish a painting has, the darker it can become). Once the original varnish has been removed and the painting has been repaired, a thin coat of varnish is applied prior to inpainting so that in the future – should another restoration occur – the integrity of the original painting has not been compromised. After inpainting and time for the oil paint to dry, a final coat of varnish is applied, and the painting is allowed to dry once again

Personal Service

When a potential client requests information and costs associated with a restoration, I will always respond with a detailed, personalized e-mail letter that both explains what I will be able to do, how much it will cost, and how the painting should be prepared for shipment to my studio. My goal is to establish a personal relationship with every client and every painting!