A different kind of playing field

MARSHALL- While Terrence Fogarty may not have ever played organized sports as a child, he enjoyed watching all kinds of sports and combined them with his other passion- painting.

Fogarty’s latest mural can be found on the south side of Varsity Pub and is one of many he has created with a sports theme.

“Growing up, sports was an interest of mine from a fan standpoint,” Fogarty said. “My dad would take me to a lot football games and baseball games. That was a subject I enjoyed. I also enjoyed painting and drawing, so I just combined the two and made it just subject matter of my artwork.”

This was a habit that started early for Fogarty. He remembers works of art dating back to seventh grade where, all he did was create depictions of sports, athletes and stadiums.

The latest mural took approximately two months to complete and that is an average timeframe for each one of his pieces.

He rarely works on one piece at a time and each one requires a lengthy, articulate process.

“It was a lot of research,”Fogarty said. “Everyone in the piece modeled for me. I came down to Marshall on six different occasions and had photo sessions with the models.”

Once all the picture taking is done, Fogarty spends a lot of time sketching what he wants to create with pencil in great detail.

This is the most difficult part. When its time to paint, he already has a clear image of what he wants in the mural.

Fogarty studied art at Southwest Minnesota State University (then Southwest State University) and now lives in Victoria.

Creating these pieces in Marshall gives him a sense of pride that the town, which is rich in its sports history, can share together.

“The most enjoyable part is that all of the people featured in the painting are from Marshall,” Fogarty said. “I think that’s important. It’s a nice thing to feature actual folks from the community. It’s a special piece that’s very homegrown. It’s a tribute to the town and the sports community here.”

His work can also be found throughout the RA Facility on the campus of SMSU.

These murals often give the building more of a throwback type feel.

“I was trying to capture the history of the college’s sports scene from the old days to the present. That was a lot of work gathering the old artifacts and staging them. Some of that stuff goes back to the very first year of the college.”

Becky Wyffels, exhibit coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council and chair of the Marshall Mural Committee, was also pleased to his see his work in the city.

“Each one of these were done using a different method,” Wyffels said. “It’s amazing to me that they can blow a picture up that big and have it be as clear as it is and have the color as good as it is. There are people that have their pictures taken in front of these murals all the time. People feel some ownership of it, they want to connect to it.”