Botke, Jesse Arms 1883-1971
Jesse Arms Botke was born in Chicago in 1883. Her artistic studies began at the Art Institute of Chicago and continued afterward under J.C. Johansen and Charles Woodbury. In 1911 Jesse Arms Botke became employed by Albert Herter and assisted him with the mural he painted for the St Francis Hotel in San Francisco. It was here that Jesse Arms Botke formally connected with the subject matter that would dominate her work, as she was asked to execute all of the birds in the mural.