Chief conservator, Gary Hollingsworth has been restoring fine art professionally for the last 37 years at his studio in Orlando, Florida. Continuing a family tradition, he began his training in restoration in the fields of fine furniture and musical instruments. He began specializing in easel painting conservation in 1980. He holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska and a Masters from the University of Florida, both in Education. Orlando Magazine once voted him "Best Art Restorer" in Central Florida.
Restoration apprentice, Lauren Stump, began working under Hollingsworth in 2010. While studying the art of painting and frame restoration, Lauren consults with clients on private collection management practices and offers appraisal services to the Central Florida community. She began offering valuation services to clients professionally in January 2013 as an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers.
The HFA studio also hosts professional artist, Tom Sadler, one of the South’s premier artists in landscape painting and an expert in traditional painting styles. Mr. Sadler graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from Auburn University. He did further studies at the School of Visual Arts and the Whitney Museum in New York City, while working at the Cooper Hewitt Museum. His work was featured by the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary at Luxembourg and is represented by galleries across the nation. His services as an in-painter are in high demand due to his unequalled skill at matching color. He has worked in collaboration with Hollingsworth on literally thousands of restorations over the last 30 years.
Tom Sadler, c. 2010, oil on panel