I often enjoy walking meditations in the areas around my home. While walking, certain arresting views and textures will cause me to stop and take a photograph or draw a quick black and white sketch. I carry these images of landscape back to the studio for painting references. Once the paintings begin on canvas, I work to create a combination of my perception of the outside world with an intuitive internal source that has been influenced by the texture and rhythm of plants and flowers growing in nature. Although these paintings are only a minor example of connecting with nature, they express my conviction that all things are connected and that the earth must be honored and treated well so that future generations will survive and flourish on this planet.June Kellogg lives in Brooklin, Maine and paints in a studio next to her home. She received her MFA in painting from Marywood University in Pennsylvania and is currently an adjunct professor of Art for UMA, Ellsworth. Over the years, she has shown her work in solo and group shows at various galleries in Pennsylvania and Maine.