Sarah Murray Art Restoration & Conservation

Sarah Murray Art Restoration and Conservation specializes in art restoration and conservation of works of art on a variety of supports and of all periods.  We offer a full range of art restoration treatments in our well-appointed studio located in downtown San Diego, and will also work onsite when needed.  All restoration and conservation procedures follow current standards of practice and are reversible where possible, consistent with the American Institute of Conservation code of ethics and guidelines for practice.

Sara Murray Painting Conservator

Art Restoration Services

Sarah Murray Art Restoration and Conservation offers a full range of art restoration and conservation services in San Diego and beyond including:

  • Removal of grime and discolored varnish from oil and other paintings
  • Stabilization of cracked and flaking paint
  • Repair of torn canvas or broken supports, including lining
  • Revarnishing or reapplication of protective varnishes and coatings
  • Reconstructive inpainting of damaged paint
  • Onsite examinations, inspections and surveys following fire, flood etc
  • In-studio examinations and Treatment Proposals free of charge
  • Lecture and workshops on art conservation
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Whether you need to restore a single painting or you need help with an entire art collection, I customize my approach and services to your needs. I offer services for small and large art restoration projects alike. I have extremely high standards, and value communication with my clients, who come back year after year.

I offer my restoration services at very affordable rates, I do not charge for the initial consultation and I am happy to travel to inspect and work onsite. All work is carried out only after a full explanation of what is recommended, with the owner’s priorities and budget shaping the treatment. >> Learn more what to expect when working on an art restoration project with me

Painting restoration services

Meet Sarah Murray, Painting Conservator

My name is Sarah Murray and I am a painting conservator born and trained in the United Kingdom. I’m the main painting restorer behind Sarah Murray Art Restoration and Conservation. Over the past 30 years, I have been providing art restoration and conservation services to clients ranging from individual collectors to public organizations, as well as museums in the United States and United Kingdom. >> See Sarah’s full resume

In addition to holding a B.A. degree, my professional qualification is a post-graduate diploma in Paintings Conservation from the University of Cambridge. I am a member of the Western Association for Art Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation. I am also a member of the San Diego Art Services Network, a group of highly qualified art professionals in which I act as art conservation expert.

Get a Free Consultation for your Art Restoration or Conservation Project

Please contact us to make an appointment, to schedule a free assessment of your art restoration project, an examination or arrange for an onsite visit.  >> Contact us for a free art restoration assessment

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Lecture and Workshops on Art Conservation

I am very pleased to offer my expertise and advice with a lecture series or workshops ~ examples of topics covered include Artists’ Methods and Materials (great for art students, schools), Good Housekeeping and Caring for your Art, Art Conservation for the Collector, Handling and Storing Art for preservation.

Please contact me if you would like me to come and offer a lecture or workshop for your group or school.

What makes Sarah Murray Paintings Conservation different from other art restoration companies on the market?

I am one of only a few qualified paintings conservators here in San Diego specializing in painting restoration. My training was at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, England and  I have been working as a conservator in San Diego since 1991.

I came here from Edinburgh, Scotland where I was Assistant Paintings Conservator at the National Gallery of Scotland, and then came to San Diego to fill the position of Associate Paintings Conservator at the Balboa Art Conservation Center in Balboa Park in 1991. In 2001 I established a private studio in downtown San Diego in the East Village, where I offer a full range of art conservation and restoration services.

What Clients Say about our Art Restoration

In her 30 years of experience in art restoration and conservation, Sarah has restored paintings and art pieces for a variety of clients, from museums to individual collectors. Past clients include:

“As a testimonial to the work that Sarah has done for me over these many years…I would like to say that it is rare that you get to work with such a competent, experienced professional. I have stopped by Sarah’s studio countless times with many paintings that have needed conservation, everything from cleaning to paint loss to repair of tears, etc.” >> Read more testimonials about Sarah’s art restoration work