T. D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana, and married his high school sweetheart, Sid, in 1964. He rodeoed for many years in rough stock events and team roping. Presently, T.D. trains and shows his own cutting horses. He worked as a commercial pilot for United Airlines until 1979 when he resigned to devote full time to his art.
Their interest in and promotion of Texas longhorn cattle, maintenance of a wild horse herd on their ranch, passion for Africa and its wildlife, and concern for the conservation of wildlife worldwide have inspired many of his works. Kelsey's work is found in private and public collections worldwide. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and was honored with a one man show at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum where he has work on permanent display. He also has sculptures on permanent display at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions Museum, the C.M. Russell Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The Historical Center recently commissioned a 1 ¼ life size sculpture for their new addition.
At a one man show at the 21 Club of New York City, 22 new works were a virtual sell out. He also received the honor of having one of his sculptures chosen by the National Sculpture Society for the "Masterworks of American Sculpture 1875-1999" show, hosted by the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona.
He has placed several monumental pieces both private and public. These include "Texas Gold" located in the historic Stock Yards area of Fort Worth, Texas, "Briargate Mustangs" in Colorado Springs, Colorado, "Royal Challenge" for Cabela's in Sidney, Nebraska, "The Plainsman" for the Denver Buffalo Company in Denver, Colorado, "Change of Seasons" and "Swamp Donkey" at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, "Testing The Air" in Montana, "Daga Boys" at the Saint Louis Zoo in Saint Louis, Missouri, and "Swamp Donkey" located at Benson Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado.
TD has also received commissions from companies and individuals such as Allen & Company Incorporated, American Express, The Coca-Cola Company, Jean and John Brittingham Park Springs Ranch, Meredith and Tom Brokaw, the Saint Louis Zoo, and Mahlon B. Wallace, III for both monumental and garden-size pieces.
T.D.'s work is available in very limited editions. Both finished castings and works in progress can be seen in the studio-gallery at his ranch near Pompey's Pillar, Montana.