Kelsi Turner is a writer and visual artist who makes art as a way to deeply observe, delight in and steward place.

After a lifetime of continuous, frantic moving left her feeling like a skipping stone – skimming over places and experiences but rarely touching down – she has finally made her home in Montana. She believes that staying in place can be a radical rather than a conservative act.

Her work has its roots in the curious treasures with which her children fill their pockets, still life paintings, abstraction and the field journals of early explorers.

She seeks to live the explorer’s life in place. Highly sensitive to landscapes and seasons, Kelsi is inspired by the wildness that surrounds her.

She is delighted when art, science, conservation and spirit overlap.  


She is a member of the Sacajawea Audubon Society and volunteers through the Gallatin Watershed Council to help restore the Indreland Audubon Wetland Preserve and to help monitor local streams as a member of the Gallatin Stream Team. She is a Montana Master Naturalist and a member of the Montana Native Plant Society. Kelsi helps organize the Bozeman Teen Book Fest and volunteers with Random Acts of Silliness.

Artist Residency in Motherhood - October 2022 to present


Kelsi graduated from the University of Iowa with a master's degree in journalism with a focus in biology.

2022 Journey to Abstraction, Livingston Center for Art and Culture, Livingston, MT


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities and collaborations. Let's connect.

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