September, 2018 — Vancouver, British Columbia
As a family-first business, the Ronald McDonald House is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. That is why we partnered with the Ronald mcDonald House of British Columbia for our third art show, Controlled Chaos. We are excited to have been able to raise and present over $17K to help families with sick children stay together when they need it the most.
Global News - May 17, 2017
While Shea is rounding into form on the pitch, there’s also no denying the ability he possesses off it. His website Left Foot Studio sells his vibrant paintings and artwork to raise money for charity.
“It’s just a hobby of mine,” said Shea, whose wife and daughter have joined him in Vancouver. “I always enjoyed art when I was young. My mom was very artistic. It’s just something I really enjoy to do off the field.”
In the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last June that left 50 people dead, including the gunman, Shea created some pieces to help the survivors, including rainbow-painted cleats.
The Province - May 11,2017
Fair enough. Except that doesn’t quite do Shea, or this column, justice. For a little more insight, we instruct you to follow the provided links to his artwork and what it says about the man. The colours, even in the flat, one-dimensional Internet images, fairly leap off the screen.
The style is unstructured and free-flowing. Is it high art? Who knows but it’s unique, it’s his own and it’s for sale on his Left Foot Studio website, with proceeds going to children’s charities.
Last year, Shea was also playing in Orlando when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, shot up the Pulse nightclub, leaving 50 dead including Mateen. Shea’s response was to create a canvas with the rainbow flag as a backdrop, a heart in the middle of the piece with the words, ‘One Love,’ below.
The soccer shoes with the same rainbow flag motif? That was his idea, too.
“I guess it’s an outlet but it’s something I look forward to,” Shea says of his painting. “It gives me joy when I create something other people like.”
Especially when it’s something original, just like the artist.
Metro UK - January 30, 2013
Shea hosts a dedicated website to sell his paintings – www.leftfootstudio.com. His work can set you back anything from $150 to $525. He also flogs skateboards and surf boards adorned with his art. If he’s a hit at Stoke, his ‘Brek Yo Self’ T-shirts – also available to purchase on his site – could soon be selling like hotcakes.
Major League Soccer - June 30, 2011