18" x 24" pastel

on archival Pastelbord

© Lindy Cook Severns

custom, conservation framed

non-reflective museum glass


Summer in the mountains of the high Texas desert is brief, but in a wet year, spectacular. We hike this mountain most mornings year 'round, and we watch for the first hints of green.

This is a studio painting that I did from about a dozen photo references taken one such morning, as dawn lit the volcanic rock foothills. Our rock is the color of aged adobe, pink and violet and marsala red, and when sunlight hits it, it glows from within, as if in tribute to its volcanic origins. The tall cholla cactus in the foreground blooms fuchsia, to match the soil washed from the mountains, and oaks, pine and grass frame the peaks in every shade of green. I know nature's splendid summer colors don't linger in the mountains, which makes it even more urgent to paint them.

I can't paint fast enough to capture the fleeting colors of dawn. Back in my studio, I used a single photo to compose this painting (my paintings are all real places, and I don't move mountains!) I studied, absorbed, relived that hike through the other photos so I could capture the essence that inspired me to paint this familiar landscape.

*framed outer dimensions: 24" x 30" x 2"


Fort Davis, Texas




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HIGH DESERT SUMMER SPLENDOR 18" x 24" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns framed in heavy gold rubbed moulding under non reflective museum glass



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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