The Land Report

2019 TX

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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"I love that T.D. adds artfulness as well as authenticity to his subjects. I really appreciate the surface area of his sculptures. You can really see his hands. Everyone wants to touch the surface of his monumental works even though we'd rather they didn't. ey're that magnetic," McWhorter says. Several aspects of T.D.'s style stand out to Price, who has since moved on from the Buffalo Bill Center and is now the director of the University of Okla- homa's Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art in the American West: "T.D. has such an authentic approach and feel and sentiment for the West that's imbued in his work. My favor- ite characteristic is his ability to infuse In 1994, the Kelseys traded their Colorado ranch for 8,000 acres in the pine ridge country just outside Billings, Montana. Much to T.D.'s horror, his wife soon developed cancer. In 2000, his high school sweetheart succumbed to the disease. Always T.D.'s biggest supporter, Sidni kept the original of every one of his sculptures. Given her love of Cody and the Kelseys' strong relationship with Byron Price, T.D. selected the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to house the 166- piece Sidni Kelsey Collection. "is comprises one of the strongest collections, if not the strongest, outside of T.D.'s own collection," says Karen McWhorter at the Center's Whitney Western Art Museum. motion into his sculptures – a skill that took Fredrick Remington a long time to develop. T.D. can make that metal move in ways that others don't. He has a little bit of Charlie Russell in him in that his relationship to the animals is sympathetic. He has that ability to evoke character in animals as well as people." Ultimately, remaining in Montana was not an option for the heartbroken cowboy. "It was such a gorgeous ranch, and we had such plans for it, but it was just too sad without Sidni." A few years after her death, he sold the property and set his sights on a new beginning. He turned to a fellow Colo- rado rancher — John Welch — for advice. Welch enjoyed one other distinction. MAASAI Thanks to his friends and guides (above), the outdoorsman was able to observe firsthand African game that he would one day sculpt such as this protective mama warthog. 66 L ANDREP ORT.COM e LandReport | TEX AS 20 19

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