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The value of art

“A human activity having for its purpose the transmission of the highest and best feeling to which men have risen.”
On the purpose of art – Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910).

“If a painter wishes to see beauty that enraptures him, he has the power to create it. If he wishes to see things that are grotesque…  or laughable, or are truly pathetic, he is the lord and master of them…Whatever lies in the universe-in essence or imagination-he has first in his mind and then in his hand.”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).


These powerful quotes describe beautifully the purpose for my art and this web site.

Art is a unique form of communication which transcends all languages, cultures and time. Use of this media has been popular since time immemorial and many artworks have made impacts on their societies. Countries and cultures take pride in their collections of art like paintings, photography, sculpture, architecture, literature, composers and designers, etc. Art is the nation’s greatest treasure on a par with its land and language – passed on from generation to generation.

Artists can take even more of a stand in the culture in which they live, and the government and its commerce would benefit from allowing more voice and input from the art community. This site is designed to showcase Australian artists who can be classed as the creators of a better world. After all, the world is what we create… This is a group of artists that is imagining and striving for a great place to live in.

Art that inspires a contribution from the viewer is great art. Art that inspires something new and beautiful, or any kind of betterment to an existing situation, or even simply shows the beauty of a flower or a scene, and sends a message that the environment is worth looking after – has done its job.

I want to encourage the public and “consumers” of art to buy art for the purpose of having their life enriched. This will also support the artist, the dreamer and creator of beauty in ALL things.

Ela Mierzecka-Pain
Down Under Art  Online Gallery

Opening picture, Oil painting "The shades of autumn", by Ela Mierzecka-Pain, private collection

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Classes offered by Ela 

Please ask for more details via email.

Elzbieta (Ela) Mierzecka-Pain BSc.

Born in Poland in 1958, living in Australia since 2001.

Self-employed artist for almost 20 years. Built a successful  business selling paintings and studied Social Science (Criminology) in Swinburne University in Melbourne. A Sydney (and Coomba Park) artist internationally awarded as a Master of Modern Art, in her semi-abstract and abstract work we see a playful energy that virtually dances off the canvas and in her more traditional work we are transported to a world of rich and complex hues capturing the beauty of Australia.


Ela has a background of extensive art skills, Social Science knowledge and previous work in life coaching which has led to the establishment of the Academy of Art for Personal Discovery.



Art for personal discovery.

 A program (classes) that invites participants to look into their inner self for answers to leading a more fulfilled life. Art can be used as a tool for self-discovery which can assist the process of self discovery, thereby clarifying and releasing some of the barriers and obstacles to living a fulfilling life.

Examples of individual classes: life purpose, vision board, finding solutions to problems, contributions to self and others and more.

No previous art skills are required.



Abstract and Semi-Abstract painting.

Art can be a very relaxing and rewarding activity as a medium of expression, creativity or simply a way to relax.

Abstract art does not aim to show the external reality but uses shapes, colours, textures to create an image. This can be completely non-representative or a semi-abstract that has some connection to the external world. It is a very freeing and rewarding activity not always easy to achieve as our mind tend to want to paint something real. Thus attending classes aids this process.

Various techniques will be shown like pure abstract, semi-abstract, acrylic pour technique.

No previous art skills are required.