color block print
13 3/16 x 15 1/8" image
pencil, lower right
titled and inscribed "Botke Prints"
fine cream laid paper
Jessie Arms Botke is known for her decorative colorful, intricate paintings of birds, a subject she also used for her color linocuts and woodcuts. A native of Chicago, Jessie Arms Botke was a painter, decorator, designer and printmaker who specialized in birds and landscapes. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and then traveled Europe for a time before returning to New York where she found a job at Herter Looms. While on the staff she designed a series of tapestries for the McAlpine Hotel in New York and helped paint murals for the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Other commissions included a peacock frieze for the Billie Burke house and panels for the EI Mirasol Hotel in Santa Barbara. She married artist Cornelis Botke and in 1919 they moved to California, first Carmel and in 1927 they moved to Santa Paula, near Santa Barbara where F. Morley Fletcher had been hired to teach color printmaking in 1923 at the School of the Arts. Jessie and Cornelis collaborated on a number of their color linocuts in the Arts and Crafts style, signing them “Botke Prints”.