TERRY Jarvis is one of Australia's most regarded watercolour artists, and his passion for his craft and his love of the wonderful medium of watercolour is revealed through his varied subject matter ranging from magnificent Australian scenes.
It's this affinity with the landscape that has helped drive his determination to put together next month's Life On The Land - Our Farming Heroes exhibition, and although raised in Castlemaine, Mr Jarvis maintains a deep love of the land and those who seek to earn a living from it.
"I've always had a strong feeling for our farmers," he said.
"They were brought up to give. It's what they do and who they are," he said
Mr Jarvis admits to feeling upset at how the crippling drought that has a stranglehold over much of regional Australia is impacting upon farming families, and he is also driven by a be- lief that there is a lot of empathy within the community for the farmers' cause.
"A lot of people want the opportunity to give," he said. "This is a chance for the rest of the community to help."
He said life has been very challenging for farmers over the last few years, and in view of this, The Forest Gallery he owns and operates from the heart of the Wellsford Forest will present the exhibition in support of farming communities.
Water colour is Mr Jarvis' favourite medium and the exhibition, which runs from Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10, will feature up to 80 of his works depicting life on the land with an array of farming and related scenes.
All art works will be for sale and profits will go directly to supporting our farming families. The exhibition will also incorporate rustic displays and art work for sale.
Mr Jarvis has also sought the help and participation from schools across the region for an accompanying display from primary schools.
The Bendigo Town Hall will be decked out to bring a touch of the country to the heart of our city, and former Bendigo-based politician and now Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum will interview drought affected farmers from the Swan Hill region to provide an insight into not just how challenging the drought can be, but also how resilient our farmers are.
Mr Jarvis this week praised the City of Greater Bendigo for its support of the event, as well as Rotary, who will not only help across the three days of the exhibition, but will also help with the delivery of all proceeds from the exhibition by engaging with other Rotary clubs in drought affected communities who are best placed to deliver aid in the most effective and efficient manner.
Tickets for the Friday, November 8 gala opening night cost $25, and are available at www.bendigoregion.com.au/explore-bendigo/life- on-the-land