2009 Honored Artist
Kelsey was born in 1946 and raised on a ranch outside Bozeman, Montana.
From an early age he was fascinated with art. He did not pursue the art
world immediately, but rather found interest in being a rodeo cowboy, a
pre-med student, rancher, and was a pilot for United Airlines for
thirteen years. For nearly five years T.D. flew in competitive air
shows. Presently, one of his passions is flying his prized experimental
War Bird Russian YAK. In 1979 he devoted himself full time to his art
T.D. Kelsey is known as an animal
artist above anything else. His love of sculpture is based on his keen
interest in wildlife conservation, his rodeo career, and ranch life. He
is passionate about seeing the wildlife and range animals first hand.
His work is both expressive and bold at the same time. T.D.'s
sculptures reflect the movement he observes while watching wild animals
and participating in daily ranch life. His sculptures come to life and
each sculpture reflects energy and personality.
is a cowboy and a cowboy artist. He raises Longhorn cattle on his Texas
ranch, as well as, showing and raising his cutting horses, another
favorite subject of his. His experience as a rough stock rider and team
roper, rancher, and romantic, are all glorified in works.
Kelsey is one of the most talented sculptors in the West today and the
Buffalo Bill Art Show is proud he agreed to be the Honored Artist for
2009. His work will be stellar and his lecture during the show will be
something not to be missed. You will easily recognize T.D. and his
signature cowboy hat, boots, and big smile!