T.D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana, and 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 devote full time to his art. T.D.’s art studio is located at his working ranch near Guthrie, Texas and at a summer studio near Cody Wyoming.
In addition to being a member of the Cowboy Artists of America he is a fellow member of the National Sculpture Society. T.D. has works on permanent display at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Keindler Gallery and the Nancy Draper Wing at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; The Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana; the Owensboro Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky; the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming; Benson Park in Loveland, Colorado; Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri; the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, Texas; and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
An avid traveler, 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.
His monuments have been placed in both public and private locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. One of his sculptures was chosen for the Masterworks of American Sculpture 1875-1999 show, hosted by the Fleisher Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Some of T.D.’s awards include Peoples Choice and Best of Show at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, Night of the Artists at the Briscoe Museum, and both gold and silver medals at the Cowboy Artists of America Show plus the Kieckhefer Award for Best of Show.
There are always a few head that escape a gather. You go back looking for them afterwards, many times more than once. They maybe hid in the brush or ducked off when you were not looking or were preoccupied with other cattle. Commonly called remnants, I made these two older longhorn steers, which are of more interest to me. Some ranchers use longhorn steers to help with a gather in leading cattle out of the brush. Unless handled properly, or if they have the wrong disposition, they can be much more of a problem then they are worth.