Kelsi Turner is a writer and visual artist whose work centers on connection to and stewardship of 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.
She makes art as a way to deeply observe, explore and steward place.
Her work has its roots in abstraction, still life paintings and the field journals of early explorers. She seeks to live the explorer’s life in place. As Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Highly sensitive to landscapes and seasons, Kelsi is inspired by the wildness that surrounds her: the movement of elk herds across lush meadows, lichen-covered branches, canyons of striated rock.
She is part citizen scientist, part writer, part naturalist, part artist, part conservationist.
She is in the midst of creating a series of field photographs, digging into a nonfiction writing project and repopulating her land with native plants.
Kelsi graduated from the University of Iowa with a master's degree in journalism with a focus in biology.
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.