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Elaine Ritchel | Owner + Lead Guide

Elaine fell in love with art at the age of five. She still remembers learning about Monet and van Gogh and being struck by the rich and vibrant colors they used. It's this same fascination and love for art that she brings to her tours.

Elaine has a master's degree in art history and has worked as a gallery teacher and museum educator in the US and abroad. She specializes in discussion-based teaching and interpretive visual education methods, hence her conversational approach to guiding tours and engaging with art. After a three-year stint in Croatia, where she led tours at museums in Zagreb, Elaine returned to New Mexico to launch Santa Fe Art Tours. Elaine is also a writer and covers art and culture for New Mexico Magazine and Santa Fe's THE Magazine, among other publications. 

When she's gathering people together around great works of art, Elaine enjoys exploring the desert landscapes of northern New Mexico and relaxing at her little adobe casita with a good book.

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Liz Brindley | Farm to Canvas Mastermind

Liz Brindley is an artist who creates artwork about local food and agriculture. Primarily a printmaker and illustrator, Liz depicts the natural patterns found in plants and produce to explore the interconnection of humanity and the natural world. Liz sees artwork as a bridge to strengthen our relationship with the land for healthier bodies, communities, and ecosystems.

Liz is also the founder of Prints & Plants, a pop-up printmaking project, which she created after balancing her time working at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, printing in her studio, and teaching in art museums. Prints & Plants provides a place to tap into a hand-made world where we are covered in ink & soil. 

Given her experience with art, museum education, and the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, Liz was the perfect person to develop our Farm to Canvas tour, which provides an integrated look at the Santa Fe Railyard District.