Jeanette Vickers


If Jeanette saw one more mushroom she’d throw away the camera. Fungi had been the inspiration for this photographic artist for about four years. Some 2,000 pictures later, change was calling. It wasn’t until early 2016 that the ‘ah-ha’ moment occurred. Her creative mind screamed ‘yes please’, while her business head agreed that there was a gap in the market.

Rainwater drizzling down a car windscreen was the catalyst for her brilliant new phase of work. Put simply, Jeanette draws and paints on glass then sprays water onto the surface allowing abstract patterns and vibrant colours to emerge. But she must act quickly, she has about 10 minutes to capture the ideal image before the water has its own agenda and washes her artwork away. “Nobody is doing this, I wish I’d started earlier. My objective has always been to use the camera to create abstract results. This is an exciting combination of photography, art and the unknown,” she said.

An exhibition in January 2018 at Mangawhai Art Gallery will showcase Jeanette’s recent work. She will squeeze this into her busy role of managing the gallery, but wouldn’t change the madness for anything. “More than 10,000 people visit our space over a nine month period and we change displays every two weeks. Mangawhai is a melting pot of artists, workshops, art trails and exhibitions. We rival any city talent and the work I see blows me away and my walls at home are one hundred percent filled with local art.”

If Jeanette could give advice to her 20-year-old self she would have started earlier and told herself not to worry about her health scare, it wouldn’t define her, it would teach her the struggle was worth it. But would she have rehomed 137 stray cats over the years? That’s a separate story in itself.