Sidelined soccer star paints to 'get away'

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 11:24 PM

DALLAS — Walk into Brek Shea's house in North Dallas and you'll be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of artwork.

What you won't see is anything soccer-related: No jerseys, no pictures, no trophies or awards.

"We do soccer 24/7 since I was five, so sometimes it's good to just get away, and that's what my art is for," Shea said.

If there was ever a time to get away from soccer, it's now. Shea played in only two games for Stoke City of the English Premier League this past season, largely because of a torn MCL, which happened last summer before the season began.

And then when Jurgen Klinsmann picked his team to represent the United States at the World Cup, he didn't pick Shea.

"I just think because of my lack of playing and injuries; I don't think Jurgen thought I was fully fit and ready to go," Shea said. "I kinda disagree with him, but he's the coach."

Shea moved to England in January 2013, but hasn't found nearly the success he had during his five seasons at FC Dallas, which included the 2011 season when he was named to the All-Star team and nominated for the league's MVP award.

But he's only 24 years old, and will be fully healthy when he returns to Stoke City next month.

With his time off, Shea is painting.

A lot.

Much of his work will be up for auction at an art show in Dallas next week.

"I've always had trouble talking about my art," Shea said. "People always ask me, 'What's in your head? What's going on?' I don't know. I enjoy painting, I enjoy bright colors. I think I paint to get away from soccer.

"Sometimes you need a break and clear your head, and so that's what this helps me do, because I don't have to think."

You can see Shea's work on display at an art show Thursday, July 3 at Kettle Art Gallery, 2650-B Main Street,  in Deep Ellum. Money raised will benefit the Cancer Support Community of North Texas. Admision to the show is $10.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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