T.D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana, and rodeoed for many years in rough-stock events and team roping. Following that, Kelsey trained and showed cutting horses for several years, and worked as a commercial pilot until 1979, when he resigned from United Airlines to pursue his art full time. 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.
An emeritus member of the Cowboy Artists of America and fellow member of the National Sculpture Society, Kelsey’s works can be found on permanent display at the ProRodeo Hall of Champions Museum, the Charles M. Russell Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Owensboro Museum, St. Louis Zoo, the Gilcrease Museum, Krindler Gallery, the Old Town Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and two museums in Spain.
Kelsey has been featured in numerous publications including American Cowboy, Art of the West, Art Talk, The New York Times, ProRodeo Sports News, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Western Art Collector, Wildlife Art and Rodeo News. One of his sculptures was chosen for the Masterworks of American Sculpture 1875-1999 show hosted by the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona.