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Winter sky on the rio grande 8x10 pastel by lindy c severns 2015 3300x2642
Winter sky on the rio grande 8x10 pastel by lindy c severns 2015 3300x2642

Winter Sky on the Rio Grande

10.00"W x 8.00"H x 0.2"D

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Lindy Cook Severns

FORT DAVIS, TX

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: western, red browns, rusts, violets, turquoise, skyscape, big bend, southwestern, impressionism, snow capped peaks, mountains, landscape, texas, west, sky, winter, snow, desert, nature, realism

Media: pastel on paper, archival

Size: 10"W x 8"H x 0.15"D

Year Created: 2018

Rare snow fell across the mountains along the Far West Texas border, and the sky promised more moisture as we drove the River Road on the January morning that inspired this painting. Cottonwoods and wildflowers colored the riverbank beneath the white snowy peaks of Big Bend country, making the vastness of this wild country even more apparent than usual. Inspired by this contrast in seasons, I created this moody winter landscape after returning to my studio this winter of 2015.
Soft pastels applied in multiple layers of various colors give this painting an inner glow, like the color that shines through the actual high desert terrain in this borderlands wilderness along the Rio Grande.

Curator's Note: This piece is a perfect example of quality over quantity (or size in this case). The painstaking detail that Lindy paints into her landscapes rivals the beauty of the land itself.


Clouds towering above vast horizons. Scraggly critters. Blossoms nestled in cactus spines. I'm a seventh generation Texan, and the desert southwest is in my blood. In Houston, Midland, Lubbock, I've always been an artist. For two decades, I co-piloted a corporate jet beside my captain husband. I'm passionate about painting silent sunrises, rioting sunsets and the seductively beautiful, treacherous clouds I once skirted with respect. Flying was good, but as a 2004 Xmas gift to ourselves, we hung up our wings, sold our Lubbock, TX home of 26 years and intending to travel the continent, moved into a big RV. A trip to the remote Texas mountains changed our plans. We're still full-time RVers and love the freedom, but we rooted onto a ranch into the high desert of Far West Texas. I have a rustic studio within walking distance of our mountainside RV site. Across from my studio is a high- end fine art gallery, where I'm the artist-in-residence. Our neighbors are wildlife. It's a good life!

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