I grew up in Santa Paula, CA and I remember seeing Mrs. Botke's work in homes of my mother's friends. It was magical to see. I think because of the gold leaf background and the bigger than life birds and flowers. Now I see how strong her compostions are.
Her husband, Cornelius was also a famous artist. He worked in oil and also was an amazing printmaker. I was in school with her granchildren. Kitty and I would be in the same art competitions many times. It is a great show I recommend it. www.venturamuseum.org . It leaves March 2.