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White Peacock and Cockatoos - Jessie Arms Botke
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Jessie Arms Botke
"White Peacock and Cockatoos"
Oil on board
24 x 28 inches
Signed lower middle
MME Fine Art Enlarge

Known for her graphic ability and paintings of birds, Jesse Arms Botke often found inspiration among exotic avian subjects. Here we find a massing of colorful flowers, tropical leaves, and two cockatoos providing a diagonal frame for the central white peacock—whose absence of color creates a wonderful swath across the composition. Without the use of color, Botke is limited to using only variants of white to distinguish the texture of the feather, and her painstaking approach is evident in every minute brushstroke emanating from the bird’s tail. This is truly a masterpiece of Botke’s—with engaging patterns, details, and colors.