Description This Landscape depicts a Scene on the Island of Elba .Following the Treaty of Fontainebleau, French emperor Napoleon I was exiled to Elba after his forced abdication in 1814 and arrived at Portoferraio on May 3, 1814 to begin his exile there. He was allowed to keep a personal guard of six hundred men. Although he was nominally sovereign of Elba, the island was watched (more or less) by British naval patrols. During these months, partly to pass the time and partly out of a genuine concern for the well-being of the people, he carried out a series of economic and social reforms to improve the quality of life on Elba. Napoleon stayed on Elba for 300 days before he escaped and returned to France on February 26 for the Hundred Days. After his defeat at Waterloo he was subsequently exiled again, this time to the barren and isolated South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Napoleon's stay on Elba is the basis for the famous English language palindrome: 'Able was I ere I saw Elba.' It is for the connection with Napoleon that Elba is best known internationally.
John Keaton, Philadelphia Member Since January 2010 Artist Statement John Keaton was born in Pennsylvania on January 8,1959. He discovered his propensity for creating art early on. As a teen, John created signs for local shops. Other interests included music and film. At age 17, John attended the Philadelphia College of Art where his mastery of drawing and painting caught the attention of many. Longing to see the world at large, John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was sent to Germany, the central hub of Europe. From this central vantage point, he was able to visit nearly every major European city and museum to view and study the great masters he had admired as a child. Upon Completion of his Service, John worked for the DOD as a Photographer, and pursued his painting and musical Interests. John studied Advertising Arts and Graphics and began working as a designer. In 1989, Bellaphon Records in Frankfurt hired John as Art Director. He created designs for internationally known recording artists. In 1997 he began working as product designer for Lava Enterprises in San Diego. In 1998, He painted a series of murals for a multi-million dollar residence in Rancho Sante Fe. He began creating renderings and packaging for the gift and retail market in 1996. His clients included Lava Enterprises, Pala Casinos, Décor-Ware and Capri Candles, Price Club, LeMax and Figi, among others.John has designed hundreds of product ranging from wall décor to candles, Photo-frames and Product packaging. Additionally, John taught graphic design at Platt College and The Art Institute of San Diego. A Consummate Perfectionist and a member of the Artists Rights Society of New York City, John is forever crossing new frontiers in his exploration of new mediums of expression and creativity.