12" x 9" pastel

on archival paper

©Lindy Cook Severns

custom, conservation framed*

under non-reflective museum glass


Bishop's Lodge in Santa Fe is a favorite Northeastern resort, but it was once home to Archbishop Lamy, inspiration for Willa Cather's novel DEATH COMES TO THE ARCHBISHOP.

On this November day, a dusting of snow and late afternoon light emphasized the reverence of this simple, historic high desert adobe.

This small vertical landscape painting is extremely detailed. The warm wash of pastel underpainting shines through to create an inner glow, typical of Santa Fe in winter.

I painted this pastel in Santa Fe, with my easel set up on the kitchen table of our RV. Not the way I usually paint, but I wanted to capture this while I still felt the magic of place.

Back in my studio, with good light and all my paints, I detailed and tweaked it, but the essence was done with snow falling outside the window of our temporary homesite in New Mexico.

*framed outer dimensions:

18" x 15" x 2" 


Fort Davis, Texas

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DIVINE LIGHT 12" x 9" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns is custom framed in a heavy distressed molding with russet tones that accent the adobe. Museum glass will protect this original painting for generations of viewing enjoyment. It's a Wow!



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 © 2019 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..