Lindy Cook Severns
Fort Davis, Texas Artist
Hello. I'm Big Bend artist Lindy Cook Severns
Texas Painter, Real Person, a Wee Bit Crazy
Pleased to meet you!
I'm a seventh-generation Texan who paints southwest landscapes packed with color and passion for nature. Especially the high desert of Far West Texas. I've painted professionally all my adult life, but there's nothing like not having a day job, and since 2005, I've been my own boss at Old Spanish Trail Studio, my remote woman cave tucked away here in the Davis Mountains near infamous Marfa.
We live on a working ranch outside historic Fort Davis, Texas. Nearby is Old Spanish Trail Gallery, the high-end Davis Mountains gallery where I'm the Artist-in-Residence and my husband Jim acts as Chief of Hanging. (Jim claims he's done more hanging than Judge Roy Bean.) But we're chained to neither studio nor gallery. My office is wherever I see the sun rise each morning, wherever I watch clouds churn shadows across the land. Some paintings are born in the studio, others, painted on location. Many spring from travels in our RV, but all are inspired by hikes, drives, or life on the land I paint. My landscape paintings represent a real places; my wildlife portraits are of neighboring critters.
I paint what I know.
FLIGHT 14" x 11" colored pencil © Lindy Cook Severns, summer friends of ours
FOOTPRINTS 8" x 6" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns, a visitor outside our front door
Play this director's clip from the nationally-aired 2016 PBS documentary on creativity in West Texas featuring Fort Davis, Texas artist Lindy Cook Severns. That would be me. It's like spending five minutes at the premier party except you must bring your own refreshments.
I show my work selectively, most often in invitational museum exhibits where I can interact with my collectors.
Trappings of Texas at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas is the longest running annual exhibition of fine southwestern art and traditional cowboy gear in the USA. I've participated for half of their three decade-plus run.
I can play city gal when I need to. Trial by fire came when I found myself on a select three-artist panel speaking to an auditorium full of ticketed guests at Heritage Auction Gallery in Dallas because three of my pastels hung at one of their rare non-auction invitational exhibits. I left all my butterflies on the podium for the next speaker to release, and I no longer have any of those paintings, either.
Artists Lindy Cook Severns and George Hallmark on the spot at Heritage Auction Gallery 2010 with panel moderators author/art historian Michael Duty and author/editor (ret)Susan Hallsten McGarry, SOUTHWEST ART.
Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum at Crows Nest Ranch 16 miles outside Fort Davis, Texas features Lindy Cook Severns original art plus that of several nationally recognized painters and sculptors in an eclectic mix of styles, subjects and mediums.
For a unique gallery experience, one that often includes cattle ranging through the parking area and always, spectacular scenery surrounded by fine art, you can always see Lindy Cook Severns original oils, pastels, watercolors and drawings at Old Spanish Trail Gallery. An appointment yields you a relaxed private tour complete with refreshments and conversation. Jim and I don't really work there, so we enjoy our visitors a lot.
The V6 Collection, a boutique gallery of the acclaimed Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas (voted #1 small hotel in Texas so many times, I've lost count) gives tourists a chance to take part of the beauty of Big Bend National Park home with them. You can select from their Lindy Cook Severns collection of regional landscapes and wildlife art before you head over to the White Buffalo Bar and Grill, then let me know which experience delighted you the most.
I'm a lifelong artist, but in college, I found myself to be a splintery cube of realism at at time art seemed rounded in tie-dyed bandanas and flying yellow submarines. It was the late sixties. Art was way out there, and I was traditional. Also, I wanted to study so many things other than art. I switched majors my sophomore year, never stopped drawing and painting, but earned my bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in English and Biology. These seemingly non-art studies gave me an anchor even as they reinforced the pull of writing and wilderness. Who says you can't do everything you're interested in? Now the stories behind my art are as important as the art itself.
Right after college, I become a pilot. Later, after a near fatal plane crash when I hit unmarked, unfortunately placed power lines and broke my back, I became a martial artist. Martial arts seemed a good way to get back into shape after a couple of years of healing and physical therapy. I signed Jim up for lessons, too. We like to do things together. (Are you beginning to see a crazy pattern here?)
GOLDEN LININGS 6in x 4in pastel © Lindy Cook Severns, a Texas skyscape in miniature
My jet pilot husband, who I eventually flew first officer for, says now I channel my two decades in the cockpit of a corporate jet into my painted skies. As for martial arts, a fourth degree black belt in taekwondo certainly isn’t afraid to take risks with color and composition. Careful critiquing my art unfairly, though: I have one good jump spin side kick left in me!
Born in Lubbock, Texas, where the tumbling tumble weeds jet past, I grew up in Houston, then Midland. I returned to Lubbock for college. Jim and I spent 35 semi-conventional years in Lubbock before surprising even ourselves by moving to the remote Davis Mountains in West Texas, where I now paint full time. How did that happen?
In 2005, infected with Late Middle Aged Crazy, we quit our jobs, sold the home we’d designed, custom built on an estate lot near the country club and enjoyed for almost thirty years. Been there. Loved it, but done with that.
We set out to see North America, this time in a big RV instead of from forty-one thousand feet. We're the ones who ran away to join the circus, and we’ve never looked back. We call a mountainside perch our home base, and my studio is an old ranch building. Old Spanish Trail Gallery is but a short hike away through mule deer, foxes and hummingbirds. A rescued terrier and a cranky African Grey parrot who is passionate about art share our remotely beautiful world.
And I share that world with YOU.
Thanks for joining me on the wild frontier.
Lindy cook severns
Pastel landscape artist
watercolors & Drawings
Fort Davis, Texas
The recognition I value most is the smile of a collector.
~ Lindy Cook Severns,
Fort Davis, Texas
Lindy Cook Severns art attracts collectors who've been acquiring my original paintings for decades (and watching them appreciate in value!) Among the benefits of visiting directly with buyers in the studio/ gallery or at exhibits is that art collectors often become friends.
CROSSING AT DAWN 14" x 24" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns. Best of Show awarded by Dr. Ron Tyler, director (ret) Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas Art On Main Street, Dallas Heritage Village Museum invitational exhibition 2012.
EXHIBITS, COLLECTIONS, MEDIA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS \ FEATURED ARTIST
The Wild Southwest, a Solo Exhibition of Lindy Cook Severns Paintings Sibley Nature Center, Midland, Texas, 2018
Following Frank Reaugh, a celebration of plein air painting with featured artist Lindy Cook Severns Dallas Heritage Village Museum, Dallas, Texas, 2013
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Trappings of Texas Invitational Exhibit | Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas 2007, 2008, 2009, 2o10, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Texas Art on Main Street Invitational Exhibit, Dallas Heritage Village Museum, Dallas, Texas 2012
Contemporary Texas Artists Invitational Exhibit and Book Signing, Heritage Auction Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 201o
Art of Texas Invitational Exhibit, Ventana Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2010
Texas Traditions Invitational Exhibit, InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas 2010
New York Stock Exchange, NYC
King Foundation, Dallas, Texas
Collections in 47 states, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Australia
Cara Carney and Stewart McSpadden, WESTERN PERSPECTIVE episode 5, 2016 featured artist in this nationally aired PBS documentary on creatives
Michael Duty, art historian expert on Art of the American West articles “Western Perspectives,” The Sky’s the Limit April 2015; A Sense of Place May 2014, Michael Duty Fine Art
Susan Hallsten McGarry and Michael Duty, TEXAS TRADITIONS, Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State, Fresco Art Books 2010 | a definitive collection of thirty-five artists
Tumbleweed Smith, legendary Texas storyteller LINDY AND JIM SEVERNS interview 2019, THE SOUNDS OF TEXAS syndicated radio program
2020 Recipient Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University
Best of Show Lindy Cook Severns, Texas Art on Main Street Invitational, Dallas Heritage Village Museum, Dallas Texas 2012
Best of Show Art, Trappings of Texas Invitational, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine Texas 2007
LECTURES / PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Threading a Needle While Riding a Bicycle in the Rain, the Joys and Perils of Plein Air Painting Museum of the Big Bend, 2019
Following Frank Reaugh and, Plein Air Painting Dallas Heritage Village Museum 2013
Being an Artist Heritage Auction Gallery 2010, 3 artist panel discussion (George Hallmark, Deborah Paris, Lindy Cook Severns) moderators Susan Hallsten McGarry and Michael Duty
2009 to present, assorted 3 day pastel painting workshops; beginning thru advanced levels, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas; Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum, Fort Davis, Texas
Zen Drawing, 1-day workshop Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas
Sketchbook Journaling in Pen and Ink, 1-day workshop, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas
Introduction to Pastels, Lakeway Art Center, Lakeway, Texas
OLD SPANISH TRAIL GALLERY and MUSEUM in the Davis Mountains, near Fort Davis,Texas | Artist-in-Residence | 2017 to present
THE GAGE V-6 COLLECTION Marathon, Texas | 2011 to present
MIDLAND FRAMING & FINE ARTS Midland, Texas | 2015-2018
MIDLAND GALLERY Midland, Texas | 2008- 2015
THE OPEN RANGE Alpine, Texas | 2011-2017
KIOWA GALLERY Alpine, Texas | 2006-2011
EMILY MYERS GALLERY Lubbock, Texas c1988-c1994
THE COUNTRY FRAMER Lubbock, Texas 1982-1998