Jessie Arms Botke

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Jessie Arms Botke
Born (1883-05-27)May 27, 1883
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died October 2, 1971(1971-10-02) (aged 88)
Nationality United States
Alma mater School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Style Painting
Movement California Impressionism

Jessie Arms Botke (May 27, 1883 – October 2, 1971) was a decorative painter and California impressionist noted for her bird images and use of gold leaf highlights.

Personal life

Jessie Arms Botke was born in Chicago, and attended the Chicago Art Institute, studying with Charles Woodbury and Albert Herter. She started exhibiting in 1916.[1] She moved to Carmel, California in 1919, and later to Santa Paula, where she ran her family's ranch while continuing to paint and exhibit.[2]


Inspired by early work as a designer of woven tapestries, Botke's art often featured birds, particularly white peacocks, geese, and cockatoos.[2] Later in her career, she shifted from oils to watercolors, and also focused on still lives.[citation needed]

Botke exhibited regularly throughout the US during her lifetime.[1] Her work has also been exhibited posthumously at the Irvine Museum[3] and the Museum of Ventura County.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Botke, Jessie Arms (1883–1971)". North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. 2013. ISBN 1-135-63889-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Trenton, Patricia; Solon, Deborah Epstein (1995). Birds, boughs & blossoms: Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971). William A. Karges Fine Art. ISBN 9781886394001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Chang, Richard (18 May 2012). "Irvine Museum showcases California women artists". Orange County Register. Retrieved 5 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Museum exhibit first to feature two generations of art by famed Botke family". 22 November 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>