West Lake Conservators is pleased to welcome Nathan Sutton to the staff as a conservator of paintings. Nathan has previously worked in private painting conservation practice in Kansas City, Missouri, the Paintings Conservation Department at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and West Lake Conservators as an apprentice in painting conservation from 2003 to 2005.
Growing up, he had felt that art conservation was a possible career choice but it was not until after some years of college, studying chemistry, studio art, art history, then a year of apprenticeship in painting conservation, in 2004 (with West Lake), that it finally became clear that the combination of art and science a painting conservator experiences was right for him, and that he wanted to pursue a career in conservation, including a graduate degree, which he completed in 2010 at Buffalo State, State University of New York, with a specialization in painting conservation.
The path to his graduate degree included completing undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University at Buffalo (U.B.); work as a preparator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in Buffalo; a graduate internship in painting conservation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and a graduate internship in painting conservation with Whitten and Proctor Fine Art, in Houston, Texas.
Nathan is pleased to return to working with the business his parents John and Margaret helped grow with his aunt Susan, and to the region he grew up in.