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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Art Nicholas is a global investor who ranked No. 75 on the 2018 Land Report 100. He placed T.D.'s sculptures at his Wagonhound Ranch in Wyoming as well as at the corporate headquarters of Nich- olas Investment Partners in San Diego. "T.D.'s work is spontaneous and authentic because he really knows his subject matter. As a collector, I really like the fact that he does low edition num- bers," Nicholas says. During our visit, T.D. shows us around a small studio packed with skins, skulls, spears, bows, and poison-tipped arrows, along with photos from Africa, Australia, Mongolia, and other wild places. In a larger studio, a towering ren- dition of Icarus awaits the maestro's final touch. Near the sculpture stands a Piper Pawnee, a sprayer from T.D.'s crop dust- ing days. ere's also a Robinson R44. at would be a helicopter. "You fly helicopters?" I ask. "I do. Bought an R22 from a guy in the Panhandle three years ago. A year later, I was in the Yukon and heard about an R44 in a farm sale. Sent a bid down and got it. I was lucky. It was airworthy. " Another metal-sided building hangars a Yakovlev Yak-9 and a Super Pitts S1T. e Russian Yak was the workhorse of the Soviet air force. During World War II, it turned the tide against the Luft- waffe. e Super Pitts is a beast, one of the most successful competition aircraft in history. With another 10,000 acres to explore on T.D.'s ranch, there's no telling what other inspirations he's got tucked away in its nooks and crannies. History, in all its fickleness, will be the final judge of T.D. Kelsey's oeuvre. In the meantime, there's no denying that the quiet cowboy proved Louise Phippen wrong. Given immense talent, a loving partner, limitless curiosity, and way too much coffee, it is actually possible to be a sculptor and a rancher. At the time, a rough portion of the Four Sixes country was on the market. T.D. made an offer and made it his own. Says Kelsey, "I've just always felt that I need to be a rancher because I'm a cow- boy artist. Every time you go out, there's a million ideas waiting for you. I don't have the means to ranch on the scale of the Four Sixes or the Pitchfork, but I think it's really important that artists don't lose that iconic image of the cow- boy that's unique to the United States." T.D. runs calves on the T Lazy S when conditions allow. He also keeps a few exotics for study purposes. anks to his steady output, he continues to attract new admirers. Many of his most ardent collectors are ranchers. As the Spade Ranches CEO, Welch was well acquainted with the differences between landowner rights in Texas and those out West. is was a top priority for T.D., who all too often encountered trespassing hunters who considered his private property their public land. Welch recommended he take a closer look at Texas's Rolling Plains and introduced him to Sam Middleton. e third gen- eration CEO of his family's brokerage, Middleton ranks as one of the state's most trusted brokers, which is why he's also one of its most successful. After listening to T.D. describe some of the brazen trespassing that he had endured, Middleton told him, "Us folks here in Texas don't think like that." ON THE JOB T.D. traded in his pilot's stick for sculptor's clay. Everything T.D. touches he does at a world-class level. HERBERT ALLEN, ALLEN & COMPANY 67 L ANDREP ORT.COM TEX AS 20 19 | e LandReport

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