Brads Phares

Okeechobee Artist Brad Phares
April 26 - May 24, 2019
Also featuring a private collection of Dowling and Cheri Watford.
Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School students's art.

The art displayed in the window were created by students at the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School. We thank the students for sharing their beautiful and colorful works on art for this special exhibit in conjunction with the Seminole War Historians Convocation.

The exhibit also features a Seminole Art collection from Dowling & Cheri Watford  -all celebrating the Seminole culture, which includes a print of a red barn at the Seminole Reservation. It is on the national register of hisstoric places and has an important plaee in the Tribe’s history.  A piece of wood is from the red barn is also on display.

This artist reception was held in conjunction with the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends’ Seminole War Historians Convocation reception. Okeechobee Main Street is proud to be a supporter of the Convocation.

About the Artist

Rancher... Artist... Author... Attorney... either used individually or combined, these words describe Brad Phares and convey why he’s something beyond your typical cattleman. As an 8th generation cattleman living in Okeechobee, Florida with his wife, Sam, and children Jacqueline and Jared, Brad is a storyteller at heart and channels his multi-faceted background into his oil paintings and writings to provide a perspective on ranch life unlike any other.

Brad grew up working on his family’s ranch as well as day working around South Central Florida with all that time and experience becoming the source of inspiration for his early drawings, paintings, and poetry. Upon graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture (animal sciences) and then from St. Thomas University School of Law with a Juris Doctor, rather than pursuing a career as an attorney he chose instead to focus on his art and hopes that his representations of contemporary Florida ranch life, along with his writings, will serve to enlighten others as to the invaluable benefits that Florida ranches provide the ecosystem and economy of the state.


Most recently, Brad published Celtic Cowhunter, a collection of poetry and prose that highlights the story
of Florida’s cow culture and Scots-Irish roots. All of Brad’s art and writings can be found on his website at or via social media outlets.



Exhibit Reviews

Outstanding - James Fiske
Great Exhibit - Sharon Cannon
Emjoyed the biography and the art! - Susan Williams
Great Artisit! - Paula Poskon
Interesting subject matter - well done! - Sharon S.
Well done, Brad! - Susan Clemons
Captured mements in one's life exceptionally well - Linda Knisely
Love it! - Steve Creamer