Cornelis Botke (1887-1954)
"In Wheeler Canyon (Santa Paula, CA)"
Etching on paper, First edition
12 x 9 in. (image size)
19 x 16 in. (frame size)
Cornelis Botke was born in Holland in 1887 and graduated from the Haarlem School of Applied Design at age 18. After immigrating to the U.S., Botke found work as an architectural draftsman in Chicago. While in that city, Botke met and married Jessie Arms, a painter and muralist. In 1919, the Botkes moved to Carmel, California, where Cornelis taught at Carmel Arts and Crafts.
As an artist trained extensively in architectural drawing, etching came naturally to Botke when he took up the medium in the early 1920s. He quickly became one of the most esteemed etchers in the country and around the world. Botke's etchings can be found in many acclaimed collections including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the Santa Paula Art Museum.
Cornelis Botke resided in Santa Paula, California, with his family from 1927 until his passing in 1954. In this scene, Botke has depicted the housing for Limoneira Ranch workers in Wheeler Canyon in Santa Paula. The image was awarded first prize by the California Society of Etchers in 1939, and was included in Botke's solo exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in 1944.
Watch a short video biography of Jessie and Cornelis Botke below.