tall texan


16" x 12" pastel

on archival sanded paper

© Lindy Cook Severns


SOLD 10/19

By default, anything that rises above the horizon to penetrate the big West Texas sky becomes a landscape superstar. Adding to its glory, this yucca was blooming unseasonably late, and topped a dramatic rock cliff along the scenic route through Davis Mountains ranchland.  It didn't have to audition twice to become the subject for a painting.

In this  composition, the noonday light directs your eye upward along the rock wall. I want you to sense the climb, then the triumph of coming onto the brightly lit strip of golden grass. The stately plant pulls you toward its giant flower stalk, then releases you into the cloud.

I did part of this painting as a demo on using light to create excitement in a painting. It's all about the magical journey art takes you on.


Fort Davis, Texas



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..