Elijah raises awareness with art

Artist Elijah Austin in front of just one of his paintings at the Cowra Japanese Garden. His "Sights of Cowra" exhibition runs until the end of July.

Artist Elijah Austin in front of just one of his paintings at the Cowra Japanese Garden. His "Sights of Cowra" exhibition runs until the end of July.

At only 14 years old, aspiring Cowra artist Elijah Austin is displaying paintings and photographs he has created over the past 18 months – raising awareness and helping a worthy cause along the way. 

Elijah held the opening of his “Sights of Cowra” exhibition last Sunday and auctioned off a live painting he completed on the day. 

The painting fetched $270 for the Ronald MacDonald House in Orange. 

“It all went smoothly, I didn’t think it would but everyone had a lot of fun,” he said. 

Elijah also discussed how art has helped with his struggles with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyslexia. 

“I can be creative and it’s really a good outlet for me, it’s just really fun to do,” he said. 

Elijah, who has been painting since the age of eight, said he enjoyed the challenge of recreating of Cowra’s most iconic images. 

“Probably because of pride for our town, the most iconic things in Cowra, like the guard tower, like the red sheds and the hospital.”

Elijah's exhibition will run until the end of the month at the Cowra Japanese Garden.