Growing up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana, T.D. Kelsey rodeoed for many years in rough stock events and team roping. He worked as a commercial pilot until 1979 when he resigned from United Airlines to pursue his art full time. An avid traveller, he has visited many countries on every continent except Antarctica, drawing and sculpting people and animals from all corners of the world in addition to his Western subjects.
As a member of the Cowboy Artists of America and a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, T.D. has monuments in both public and private locations throughout the United States. One of his sculptures was chosen for the Masterworks of American Sculpture 1875-1999 show hosted by the Fleisher Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona.
His works can be found on permanent display at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Krindler Gallery and Nancy Draper Wing at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana; Owensboro Museum in Kentucky; National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming; Benson Park in Loveland, Colorado; the Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri, and the ProRodeo Hall of Champions in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
At Cowboy Artists of America shows, he has been awarded Gold and Silver medals and the Kieckhefer Award for Best of Show. Some of his other awards include Artists’ Choice Award and Sculpture Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
T.D.’s art studio is located at his working ranch near Guthrie, Texas, and at a summer studio near Cody, Wyoming. His work is available in very limited editions.
CAA Member since 2004
Born: January 4, 1946