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Fort Davis, Texas

thundershower over green mesa pastel painting by Lindy Cook Severns

LOFTY PLACES  16" x 20" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns  $3800

artist lindy cook severns with plein air easel and pastels

Texas landscape painter Lindy Cook Severns works both en plein air and in her studio across the road from Old Spanish Trail Gallery.

Big Bend Artist 

Lindy Cook Severns

Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum hangs a significant collection of original Lindy Cook Severns regional landscape paintings in pastels and oils, plus a few wildlife and nature watercolors and drawings.

Former Director of Art of the American West for Heritage Auction Gallery, author Michael Duty says Lindy has

"an amazing ability to capture both the bold colors and dramatic formations of the far West Texas landscape, but also the subtle variations in light and shading...  she can skillfully present the grandest of vistas, but she also equally masters the most delicate details of sand, rock, and grass. She is particularly adept at painting the western sky in all of its drama and color. When I look at Lindy’s work, I feel an immediate kinship with her vision and love of the western landscape."

blue mountains against blue sunrise with purple sage pastel painting Lindy Cook Severns
Dawn Bloom
18" x 38" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns
$6200           SOLD

Our Davis Mts gallery also offers matted one-of-a-kind, hand-repainted prints, highly affordable matted mini-prints and notecards by the contemporary Texas artist.


As Artist-in-Residence for the Ft Davis gallery, Lindy and husband Jim are often on site to offer you West Texas hospitality, and to answer questions about her own art and that of other gallery artists.

artist lindy cook severns paints with pastels on location in the davis mountains of west texas

Lindy Cook Severns paints authentic southwest landscapes, wildlife and nature in soft pastels and traditional oils. Her dramatic, sweeping skyscapes are widely acclaimed, and the Fort Davis artist's vibrant landscape paintings are fresh, yet intricately and accurately detailed. Her landscape paintings document the essence of wilderness before civilization forever alters it. Her art conveys a sense of place, especially Big Bend country and the Davis Mountains of Far West Texas.

For two decades, Lindy copiloted a corporate jet for husband Jim, who says that flying gave the artist her affinity for  painting skies. The couple's hikes and drives provide other painting subjects. Lindy does small pastels en plein air (on location); larger works are done in her mountain studio in the Old Spanish Trail complex at Crow's Nest Ranch.

Painting the energy and motion of a subject is as important to Lindy Cook Severns as accurate drawing. In her skyscapes, you sense the winds aloft. You feel, as much as see grass waving in her landscapes' impressionistic foregrounds. Always, she paints what she knows, and that shows in her work.

More About Artist Lindy Cook Severns

Home Base and Inspiration:

a mountainside on Crows Nest Ranch along with husband Jim, an African Grey parrot, two rescued terriers, neighboring foxes, javelina and mule deer


  • the 2020 Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni

  • BA in English/Biology, Texas Tech University

  • 2022 Big Bend Artist For Conservation, Borderlands Research Institute, Sul Ross State University

  • Solo Exhibition 2018:   Across West Texas

         Sibley Nature Center, Midland, Texas​

  • Best of Show Awards in invitational museum exhibits: 

    • Trappings of Texas (Museum of the Big Bend, Michael Duty, judge)

    • Texas Art on Main Street (Dallas Heritage Village Museum, Dr. Ron Tyler, judge)

    • Featured Artist, Dallas Heritage Village Plein Air Exhibit 2012

    • Artist Panel: Dallas Heritage Auction Gallery 2010 Texas Artists Invitational Exhibit

Publication Favorites:


  • WESTERN PERSPECTIVES, PBS Documentary 2016 episode #5 in which Lindy talks about art and creativity 

  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY 2021 Holiday Greeting and Video,   College of Arts & Sciences

Painting Mentor:

  • Albert Handell, Santa Fe NM


Sharing her Art:

Favorite Artists:

  • Wilson Hurley

  • John Singer Sargent

  • Albert Bierstadt

  • Frank Reaugh

  • each of her students

Non-Art History:

  • 4th degree black belt in taekwondo 

  • aviatrix

Not-so-secret passion:

  • genealogy  (7 th generation Texan; Jamestown and Mayflower descendent)

man jim severns in cowboy hat with white terrier and coffee cup on gallery porch
painting of desert sunset man in jeans artist lindy cook severns
artist lindy cook severns with framed painting and clients at gallery counter

As Artist-in-Residence for the Ft Davis gallery, Lindy is often available to visit with you about her art and the art of other Old Spanish Trail Gallery artists. Lindy carries the gallery mobile, so she'll answer when you call the gallery phone number.

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