8" x 10" pastel

on archival sanded paper

©Lindy Cook Severns

custom, conservation framed

under UV protective museum acrylic


A morning drive along the River Road between Lajitas and Presidio last January inspired this Big Bend country landscape painting. While grasses and scattered flowers lined the banks of the Rio Grande, snow-capped peaks framed the big river. The contrast in seasons begged to be painted!

​This small, highly detailed original pastel painting is packed with nooks and crannies to explore, peaks to climb ...​​ it's a landscape you can lose yourself in. Enter the painting  and leave the noisy world of the city behind. (Better wear a jacket.)

As I painted the snow on the mountains along the Big River, I let the rough, toothy surface of the archival pastel paper pick up only what it chose to, lending the sprinkling of "snow" into the crevasses. I wanted to show the ruggedness of the borderlands, but also, the soft beauty.


Fort Davis, Texas


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WINTER SKY ON THE RIO GRANDE 8" x 10" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns framed in wide copper brushed wood molding. This makes a wall footprint of 16" x 18" outer dimensions. 

You can see how this framed wall footprint relates to furnishings. It's a great size for a small wall such as the brick one shown below. Or use it as a dramatic accent alone or in a grouping.



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..