T.D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana. He rodeoed for many years in rough stock events and team roping. Following that T.D. trained and showed cutting horses for several years. He worked as a commercial pilot for United Airlines until 1979 when he resigned to devote full time to his art.

Kelsey’s work is found in private and public collections worldwide. He is an emeritus member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and fellow member of the National Sculpture Society. He was honored with a rendezvous show at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum where he has work on permanent display, and a one man show at the 21 Club in New York. T.D. 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, Owensboro Museum, St. Louis Zoo, the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, the Old Town Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma, the Briscoe Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and two museums in Spain.

In 2019 T D was invited to show at Masterworks of the West in Calgary celebrating the 100th anniversary of Charlie Russell’s Show at the Stampede.

Several monumental pieces have been placed including works for both private companies and public facilities such as museums and zoos.