Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971)
"Cabins Morro Bay"
Oil on panel
12 x 16 in. (image size)
20 x 24 in. (frame size)
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From her ranch and studio in Santa Paula, artist Jessie Arms Botke became - and remains - one of the most treasured decorative painters of the 20th century. Her paintings of birds and flowers are particularly prized for their richness of color and detail, qualities that the artist often augmented with backgrounds gilded with gold leaf.
Jessie was born in Chicago in 1883. Following a course of study at the Art Institute of Chicago and several summers with renowned artists and teachers John C. Johansen and Charles Woodbury, Jessie found work as an interior decorator, painting wall friezes in private homes. By 1911, Botke had landed in New York where she was employed by interior design firm Herter Looms as a wall decorator, tapestry cartoonist, and muralist.
Jessie Arms married artist Cornelis Botke in 1915. In 1919 the Botkes moved to Carmel, California, with its thriving art colony. They settled in Santa Paula in 1927 and remained there, painting and printmaking, for the rest of their lives. The pair traveled often, all across the country, particularly for exhibitions of their work. We imagine that on one such trip, the sight of these happy little cabins with Morro Rock just beyond the trees proved impossible for Mrs. Botke to resist.
Jessie Botke's work is prized by private collectors and museums worldwide, including the Irvine Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Santa Paula Art Museum.
Watch a short video biography of the Botkes below.
Height: 20.00 in
Width: 24.00 in