Lindy Cook Severns art


Fort Davis, Texas

Old Spanish Trail Studio is an old building on a working cattle ranch in the Davis Mountains of Far West Texas.  Inside the weather-worn doors, creative magic charges the air.


Schedule a visit to the fine art complex at Crows Nest Ranch:  Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum sits right across the road from Lindy's studio. This high-end fine art gallery is open by appointment year 'round, and when Lindy and Jim are in the area, they will make every effort to be there to greet you and tell you stories behind the art.  Contact Lindy and let her know when you'd like to come out and enjoy West Texas hospitality and truly fine original art.

OLD SPANISH TRAIL STUDIO sits quietly and unassumingly across from OST Gallery, nestled in pinon and oak on a mountainside at 6,000 feet.

The Crows Nest Ranch art complex and campground is located along a historic trade route that ran between San Antonio and El Paso.  Worked flint paves the ground around old ranch buildings. Comanches rode their ponies across this land so many times, indentions of their War Trail can still be found. Conquistadors and trade caravans traveled to Santa Fe from Mexico City up present day Texas Hwy 166, the South part of the Davis Mountains Scenic Loop. The Butterfield-Overland Express followed this same old Spanish trail, delivering mail and venturesome travelers across the frontier. Fox, mule deer, javelinas and hummingbirds call this narrow canyon "home", as do Jim and Lindy.

Old Spanish Trail Studio, Lindy's working fine art studio on a working Davis Mountains cattle ranch is across the road from OST Gallery. While these are two separate businesses, their proximity means they closely interact.  Both enjoy spectacular scenery, an artist's inspiration.


The gallery is modern, comfortable and clean, while the studio is definitely a workspace, but a colorful one that's often hung with new paintings and works in progress. If you're brave, and really interested, ask to see it!

Painting at the kitchen table turns the RV into a traveling workspace:  Old Spanish Trail Studio on wheels.

The RV also houses two printers, one of them a large fine art model. Fine art paper and dozens of ink cartridges fill cabinets. There's even room for transporting a few large, framed originals. And Jim.


Our 37-foot fifth-wheel holds two adults, one African Grey parrot and his climbing tree, a polite, compact Westie and an amazing assortment of art supplies packed on the correct assumption that I'll need something the moment we're miles away from my well-stocked studio. 

The RV's kitchen table frequently becomes a drawing board. The cabinet above the table stores complete sets of pastel pencils and hard pastel sticks for enhancing prints, plus pens, inks and sketchbooks, drawing papers and colored pencils.


Outside, in "basement" storage beneath the  living space, lives Lindy's plein air easel and a couple hundred soft pastel sticks, foam boards, folded shipping boxes, mats and foam board presentation cases. Jim has space for a few tools and things. (But not much space.)

In the physical studio, I have the luxury of keeping a large palette of pastel sticks lined up and waiting to be added to the painting on the easel.

My big easel stands beside this magical table of color.

My travel supplies are much more limited, but carefully chosen.



Plein Air, painting on location lets me connect with nature as I create.


I keep my portable easel neatly stocked with a small but colorful assortment of pastel sticks. I can be unpacked, set up and painting in five minutes.

Old Spanish Trail Studio is, after all, inspired by centuries of travelers who loved the land.

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Old Spanish Trail Studio  



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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..