Founder anD Conservator emeritus
Cleo Mullins first came to Richmond in 1976, after graduating from one of the first programs offering a Master's Degree in Art Conservation. She holds a graduate degree from the Cooperstown Conservation Program, at the University of NY at Cooperstown (now at Buffalo). She started her career working at the Smithsonian and then moved to Richmond to teach conservation at VCU. She left teaching to tend to the studio full time in 1981. She has passed on her considerable knowledge and expertise to many students and interns over the last forty years. In 2012 the American Institute for Conservation recognized her long-sustained and excellent record of the education and training of conservators by giving her the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award.
Lorraine has been practicing paintings conservation for over 32 years, and also holds a M.A. from the University of NY at Buffalo in Art Conservation. In addition, she holds a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from VCU Besides being a skilled conservator, she is an artist and teaches Pen and Ink in the Botanical Illustration course part-time at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. About once a week she brings Ginger to the studio for cuddles and kisses (pictured).
Assistant conservator / manager
Beth has been with Richmond Conservation Studio for over 12 years, and has honed her structural skills well over that time period. A graduate of Mary Baldwin College (now University), her art history background has been helpful in digging up interesting information on the artists and subjects we've worked on.
She has had a lifelong love of art, and wanted to be an art conservator since she was 16. Beth also loves to express her creativity in other ways through painting and gardening.
Hazel M. Buys
Hazel completed her first around-the- world-tour when she was 12, having lived in multiple locations in Europe, Asia and the United States as her family followed her father’s military assignments. She completed
her education in Europe and in the United States.
Hazel has a life-long interest in art and art history, and loved spending Sunday afternoons roaming the Louvre during her undergraduate years. She worked in several career fields including Rehabilitation Services, Information Technology, and education.
Hazel began her studies in drawing and fine art after college, and enjoys working with a variety of subjects and media, both on location and in the studio. In recent years she has
concentrated on graphite, silver point and water color painting for botanical illustration.
Hazel completed her Certificate in Botanical Illustration at Lewis Ginter Botanical
Garden in May 2010, where she teaches in the Botanical Illustration Certificate program.
And introducing Ginger! (Pictured here as Wonder Woman). Ginger's mom (Lorraine) brings her in to help us out when she can. She excels at cuddles and kisses and looking adorable.