Are famous artists and/or paintings important?
Forrest Fenn was a successful art-dealer, and owned a successful art and artefact gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico - and many different paintings/artworks are mentioned in the book.
So, does art play a significant role in finding Fenn’s gold?
Your guess is as good as ours!
Clues could very well lead to famous paintings of the Rocky Mountains - which could lead you to the location they were painted. Or, to the painter’s studio or home or favourite spot.
Forrest created ‘bells’ - cast metal sculptures - in which he hid biographies and other such stuff. These containers are obviously very personal to him.
So, art does seem to play a prominent role in his life.
Not to mention the fact that art (and artefact selling/trading) is how he managed to afford to create this treasure hunt! It’s what paid the bills for many years and allowed him to amass such a fortune in gold and jewels.
‘In the wood’ could refer to something in a painting by a famous wood-related artist:
UNLIKELY. But, don’t rule anything out. Until the treasure is found, we won’t know what any of the clues mean, so it’s best not to rule anything out.
No matter how ridiculous.
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New and Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In the Canyon Down|
|Not Far But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place for the Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Done it Tired and Now I'm Weak|
|Hear Me All & Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin and Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|
|Native Indian Place-Names|