If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know all about the story of Luke Phillips, who won a Ford contest and drove a new Explorer to Minnesota to play some pond hockey with his buddies. While researching Luke’s story, I came across an oil painting done by famed Minnesotan Terrence Fogarty. Titled ‘Mork’s Pond’, the piece was not only the inspiration for the Ford webisode, but the production crew even filmed Luke and his boys playing on the same pond Fogarty used as his subject.
Fogarty, currently living with his wife Karen and daughter in Victoria, MN, was born in 1960 on the east side of St Paul, MN. Growing up in St Paul tends to imply a love for hockey, particularly hockey under the clouds, and a stroll through Fogarty’s online gallery cements this implication. Fogarty, whose works can take upwards of several months owing to the tremendous detail contained within them, has been commissioned by professional sports teams, colleges, memorabilia companies, and amateur sports organizations. His paintings routinely appear on the cover of the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament programs — arguably one of the most renowned amateur tournaments in the country.
In the coming months, we hope to share with you several of Terrence’s incredible pieces, and recommend you visit both his website and his new Facebook page. To experience the rush and primal joy of outdoor hockey is one thing — to bottle that up and display it on canvas takes a once-in-a-lifetime talent. Terrence Fogarty is that talent.
I encourage you to visit Terrence’s online gallery, where you can view and purchase a number of his incredible works. And make sure you Like them on Facebook so you’ll be the first to know about upcoming pieces.