Description Iztaccihuatl was the daughter of an Aztec emperor in the Valley of Mexico. She had the misfortune of falling in love with one of her father's warriors. As soon as her father discovered their relationship, he sent her lover away to a war in Oaxaca. He told the young man that if he survived and returned he would give him Iztaccihuatl as his wife. The emperor never intended for the young warrior to return as he planned to marry Iztaccihuatl to another man. While her lover was away, Iztaccihuatl was told he was dead and she died of grief. Upon the young warrior's return, he took Iztaccihuatl's body in his arms and carried her to the mountains. He placed her down on the ground and knelt beside her, himself dying of grief. The gods took pity on them, covering them with a blanket of snow and transforming them into mountains. Iztaccihuatl today is known as the 'Sleeping Woman', as the mountain appears to be a woman laying on her side. He became Popocatepetl, or 'Smoking Mountain', the volcano that still rains down his revenge for the death of his lover.
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.