24" x 18" pastel

on archival Pastelbord

©Lindy Cook Severns

custom, conservation framed

under non-reflective museum glass


This is the view from the front porch of my Davis Mountains studio in Far West Texas.

One summer Sunday afternoon. I'd hiked to the studio, wanting to paint but with a painting started on my easel, without having a different subject in mind. As I was unlocking the front door, I noticed that these clouds were twice the size they'd been five minutes earlier. They were bursting out of their skin.

I dashed into the studio, grabbed my plein air easel and the largest Pastelbord I had, then quickly set up on the studio's porch. While I couldn't finish something this large and this complex in an afternoon, I did map out the shape and energy of the clouds, plus the shadows cast by the oak and pinon on the mountainside.

It's the most comfortable plein air painting I've ever done. All I had to do was drag my easel in and out the front door whenever I wanted to paint!

This plein air painting was featured at Dallas Heritage Village Museum's invitational exhibit "Following Frank Reaugh, a Celebration of Plein Air Painting", where I was honored as featured artist and speaker.

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


Fort Davis, Texas

on display at


landscape architecture and design

Midland, Texas


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SUMMERTIME  24" x 18" plein air pastel landscape painting © Lindy Cook Severns framed in hand carved wood 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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