so many paintings of peacocks:
Chicago born, Botke had a job in New York designing tapestries and interiors. Her career-defining moment came when client Billie Burke—now remembered for playing the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz—requested a frieze of white peacocks. “I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a white peacock and went up to the Bronx Zoo to find out, and they had one,” recalled Botke. “It was love at first sight.”Botke moved to California in 1919, living on a ranch near Ventura. She was a very trendy painter during Hollywood's golden age, and she sold many paintings to actors and other movie people.