12" x 16" pastel

on archival paper

©Lindy Cook Severns



Big Bend and the borderlands of the Rio Grande show signs of habitation for thousands of years. This spring, which trickles across rock at the head of this deep arroyo is in the midst of a trail of wonderful rock art.

Rock art, a mysterious legacy of artists who came before us, is almost always associated with water. In the desert, a location with constant water is life-saving. This trail, used for centuries, is deeply carved into a cliffside. No wider than my size six foot, it is so steep, I won't be returning.


But it I'm glad I hiked all the way to the spring this once.

Enter in my painting, and perhaps reconnect with a pre-historic traveler who enjoyed the beauty of the desert even as the hot sun parched her throat and tanned her skin golden brown.


Fort Davis, Texas




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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..