Artist shares techniques for restoration of early figures

Unlike sculptures in stone or metal, Historical Figures® are delicate and require periodic care. In addition to maintaining the figures in the artist's gallery and those exhibited at the Ventura County Museum, Stuart restored 32 figures once owned by Monsanto Chemical. The figures, now known as the Monsanto-Hernandez Collection, required repair and repainting after many years in storage.

Many jewelry pieces had to be replated or replaced and frayed or faded clothing was replaced with new hand-made fashions.

Stuart was assisted in this work by Kathy Henri, the collections manager at the Ventura County Museum. In the photo above, Henri and Stuart touch up a figure of Prince Potemkin, part of the Russian collection, for an exhibit at the Ventura County Museum.