The urge to collect started for Forrest Fenn at age nine when he found his first arrowhead. It was just lying there in a plowed field on Little Elm Creek in Central Texas, waiting for him to come along. He still claims it is the most treasured object in his collection. “It was a thrill that started me on a long journey of adventure and discovery,” he said.
In 1972, he and his wife Peggy built a gallery in Santa Fe, where the primary product was paintings by the old masters of the Western scene such as Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell, Thomas Moran and the great Taos painters. But his love was for the history of the old West, so he sought those objects that would conjure back images of earlier, more romantic times.
Traders and collectors alike came to his gallery where he was a ready listener. He said he was an “absorber” when scholars like John Ewers, Paul Dyck, and Father Peter Powell came in for coffee and conversation. There seemed to be a constant stream of traders who unpacked many of the artifacts you will see on this site.
Now, thirty-six years after he moved to Santa Fe, Forrest is still there, retired from the business of art, but not from the desire and love of the collection. Whether you see something on this site that you’d like to buy or just learn about, please feel free to contact us and let us know. We hope you enjoy it!