Born in Pennsylvania in 1944, Kellogg developed his early artistic interests by studying at the Philadelphia Art Institute. His education included a focus on painting three years at Wheaton College in Illinois, after which he transferred to San Diego State University receiving a BA in art in 1966 and an MA in painting and printmaking in 1968. Having been influenced by the painterly abstract art of this century, he works the surface building up layers of bright color over which his representational landscapes evolve
"While I pursue free and fresh paintings of the landscape, I am aware of working within a long tradition. I continue to learn from whichever side of that landscape painting tradition I think best serves my intentions."