Elisa Stewart, Principal Conservator and Photographer
Elisa Stewart is a relative newcomer to the world of art conservation and restoration. She first received a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in 1995. After working as an Art Director for a sports magazine, she decided to pursue a career in Fine Art photography. Then in 2009, Elisa went abroad to study art restoration with a concentration in painting, under the direction of Roberta Lapucci, at Studio Art Centers International.
While in Italy, she assisted Nenad Jovanovic in his private restoration studio, working on book and paper artifacts dating back to the 16th-18th century. With over 300 applied practical hours in conservation and restoration of archaeological objects and paintings, Elisa started her own practice in San Jose, California. With use of technological application (HDR and RTI Imaging), she also focuses on cultural heritage artifact preservation.
As an AIC member, Board Member and Web Presence Coordinator for the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild of San Francisco, she organized a Modular Cleaning Workshop hosted at Stanford University in 2016. With a growing practice, Elisa continues to work in preserving both keepsakes and historical pieces.
Mike Jennings, Imaging Technician
Mike Jennings has over 20 years of experience in digital media, starting on the team that launched the desktop video editing revolution in the nineties. More recently, as a workflow analyst at Adobe systems, he coordinated the metadata management overhaul among the Creative Suite CS4 applications. He has taught classes in Photoshop and other Adobe applications, and during his time with Technicolor he co-presented a panel on metadata management workflows with Roger Howard of the Getty Museum. He is currently involved in mobile application development and cultural heritage imaging.
Taylor Bennett, Intern- Digital Diagnostic Specialist
Taylor Bennett comes to Kept Art with a scientific and analytical background in chemistry, biology, and hydrogeology, with a degree from MIT in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (B.Sc., 1987). He has over 22 years of experience in private consulting as a California professional geologist and certified hydrogeologist, with knowledge of current state-of the art forensic analytical and digital methods, including multispectral Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), photogrammetry, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, electron microscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry, and polarized light microscopy. His interests in art have ranged from ancient Chinese bronzes and watercolors to carved mineral objects, Hellenistic and Minoan antiquities, and 19th century British landscape paintings. For several years, he has focused his interests on the application of scientific methods towards gaining a deeper understanding of the materials and techniques of art and cultural heritage.