Big Bend Artist Lindy Cook Severns on top of her world in the Davis Mountains of Far West Texas. Team Severns includes not only the Texas landscape painter but also her husband Jim and companions Greystoke, an African Grey parrot, and Chert, a rescued terrier.

Lindy Cook Severns

Fort Davis, Texas Artist

Texas artist Lindy Severns paints sweeping sunrises over rugged red desert mountains such as this pastel landscape Riding the Red Dawn

RIDING THE RED DAWN 22" x 33" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns 

available as a unique remarque, a hand-repainted fine art print

Hello. I'm Big Bend artist Lindy Severns, Texas Skyscape Painter, Real Person

Pleased to meet you!


I'm a native Texan who paints original southwest landscapes packed with color and with my passion for nature.  I'm especially attuned to the high desert of Far West Texas and the Davis Mountains. While I've painted professionally most of my adult life, there's nothing like not having a day job, and for over a decade, I've been my own boss at Old Spanish Trail Studio, my woman cave that's tucked away up in the mountains outside Ft Davis and near Marfa.


We live on a working ranch outside historic Fort Davis, Texas, near Old Spanish Trail Gallery, the high-end Davis Mountains gallery, where I'm the Artist-in-Residence and my husband Jim is chief of hangings.


As a Texas skyscape painter, my office is wherever I see the sun rise each morning, wherever I watch clouds build or sunset color the land. Some paintings are born in my rustic studio.  Others, I paint on location. (I love, love painting en plein air with soft pastels.) 


Every piece of Lindy Cook Severns art is inspired by a hike, drive, or by living on the land I paint. Each of my original southwest landscape paintings represents a real place, a vista I've experienced. ​ Even my high desert wildlife drawings are portraits of neighboring critters. I paint what I know.

Hummingbirds in flight, colored pencil drawing by Lindy Cook Severns art

Life hasn't always been so pastoral. For almost twenty years, I flew first officer on a corporate jet beside my pro pilot husband.

Captain Jim, known these days as "Artist Go-Fer Jim" flew jets out of Lubbock, Texas for 35 years. Sounds glamorous, but jetting around the country eventually wore us out.

FLIGHT  14" x 11" colored pencil © Lindy Cook Severns

We've never been conventional, but approaching retirement, we went a little crazy. In 2004, we sold the country club estate we'd custom built, lovingly landscaped and happily thrived in for 26 years. We bought a big 5th wheel RV, quit our jobs (with no retirement plan, that was scary), and set out to see America, this time, the slow way--from the ground.


We didn't get far. We'd already seen much of America. It was remote Far West Texas that claimed our hearts.  We're currently living in our second RV.  After years spent checking into an endless succession of luxury hotels, we love the comfort of being home, wherever we are. It's an uncluttered lifestyle.  While we don't let grass grow under our tires, most of our journeys are to places we already know and love, and our animals accompany us on our travels.

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.

It's like spending five minutes at the premier party. (Bring your own refreshments.) 

I paint the vast, rugged southwest landscape. But I'm also a Texas skyscape painter. Jim says that when I paint a big, dramatic sky, I'm channeling all those years I spent banking thru clouds at 41,000 feet. There's truth in that: I know those skies as intimately as I know the high desert of Far West Texas.


A pastel landscape artist | oil painter, I'm equally at home with either medium. Whether I'm standing at my easel, painting en plein air while swatting at insects, or indoors enjoying the relative comfort of my rustic studio and painting from reference photos, I'm passionate about sharing both land and sky with You, my viewer. I paint my neighbors, southwest wildlife in watercolor, ink, colored pencils. I use whatever it takes to share life on canvas and paper!

Artists are wired with a desire to share the beauty that we perceive so acutely. Whenever I paint, I'm reaching out to You, offering you a lovingly created glimpse of the wild frontiers I'm privileged to see.


Enjoy my southwest landscape paintings, my Texas wildlife art, my desert plant drawings. I especially hope you find joy in soaring through my Texas skyscapes.

I paint them for YOU.

Lindy cook severns

Pastel landscape artist 

oil painter

watercolors & Drawings

Fort Davis, Texas

Texas artists Lindy Severns and George Hallmark on the podium at Heritage Auction Gallery in Dallas. 

With authors Michael Duty and Susan Hallsten McGarry, the three artists entertain invited luncheon guests with insights about painting to highlight the auction gallery's  Texas Traditions Invitational Exhibit Opening.

Between living and working in a remote location and the artist's emphasis on painting regularly, Lindy enters few shows, and those exhibitions are elite.

Even so,  museum directors, art historians and serious fine art collectors keep their eyes on Lindy's evolution as an acclaimed Texas landscape painter.

  • ​​Lindy Cook Severns art hangs in most every state in the USA, in collections in England, Australia, Germany and Canada, and at the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Lindy is featured in the nationally aired 2016 PBS documentary WESTERN PERSPECTIVE

        insights into creativity and creatives in West Texas​, episode 5, produced by Cara Carney and Stewart McSpadden

  •  The Big Bend Artist is the Artist-In-Residence at Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum. The prestigious Davis Mountains art gallery features a large collection of Lindy Cook Severns original southwest landscape paintings in addition to works by other nationally recognized artists.

  • A seventh-generation Texan descended from Mayflower and Jamestown colonists, wilderness frontiers are in Lindy's blood.  Her connection to the land provides continual new inspiration to her painting.

The recognition I value most is the smile of a collector.

~ Lindy Cook Severns,

Fort Davis, Texas

Lindy has collectors who've been acquiring her 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.




                         Sibley Nature Center

                           2018 Midland, Texas


  • TRAPPINGS OF TEXAS Invitational Exhibit

        Traditional Western Art and Cowboy Gear

                        2007 BEST OF SHOW

                         Judge: Michael Duty

              author, Art of the American West expert

              Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas


  •   TRAPPINGS of TEXAS Invitational Exhibit


             Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas​



​                                               3 paintings featured

            Dallas Heritage Auction Gallery


                 a Three-Artist Panel Discusses Painting


                          Lindy Cook Severns

                George Hallmark | Deborah Paris


Susan Hallsten McGarry, editor SOUTHWEST ART  Michael Duty,  Art of the American West expert



                           2010 InSight Gallery

                          Fredericksburg, Texas


                          2011 Ventana Fine Art

                             Santa Fe, NM


                                             2012 BEST OF SHOW 

Judge: Dr. Ron Tyler 

                 director, Amon Carter Museum (ret)

            Dallas Heritage Village Museum



                     FEATURED ARTIST

                     GUEST  LECTURER

           Dallas Heritage Village Museum 2014

CROSSING AT DAWN  14" x 24" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns.  Best of Show awarded by Dr. Ron Tyler, Amon Carter Museum, Texas Art On Main Street, Dallas Heritage Village Museum invitational exhibition 2012. 

This painting is available as a remarque, a one-of-a-kind fine art print Lindy repaints just for you.   MORE

I'm largely self-trained, but I credit several people for encouraging and mentoring me. Read about my art education, trials and errors and how I became a professional artist in West Texas.

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Big Bend Artist

Old Spanish Trail Studio

Big Bend Artist Lindy Cook Severns, a seventh generation Texan,  paints real places in the wild American west, the high desert ranch lands of Far West Texas and Big Bend country.  Lindy's paintings hang in most every state in the USA, and in collections in England, Australia, Germany and Canada.  The pastel landscape artist | oil painter is among 35 artists selected for inclusion in the definitive book TEXAS TRADITIONS, CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF THE LONE STAR STATE, Michael Duty and Susan Hallsten McGarry, 2010.

Featured in the national 2016 PBS documentary WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, the southwest landscape painter lives on a working ranch in the Davis Mountains near Ft Davis and Marfa with husband Jim, a stubbornly affectionate rescued terrier and a cranky African Grey parrot who passionately loves art.  Her studio sits across the road from Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum, where Lindy is the Artist-In-Residence.

Lindy Cook Severns  Art   |     Old Spanish Trail Studio     |    PO Box  2167    |    401 Crow's Nest Road    |    Fort Davis, TX    |     79734 
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All images © 2020 by Lindy Cook Severns.        Lindy's artwork has been formatted for online viewing, and sharing these low resolution images on social media  is permitted,  Written permission is required for commercial use of any images..