26 year old Jordan Morris from the Western Highlands province had a passion for drawing, ever since he first held a pencil in his hand. That passion stayed with him to this very day and saw him produce some fascinating art pieces so far.
His first ever artwork was a portrait of a Western Highlands woman dressed up in her traditional attire, which was called Mountain Meri. The piece actually went viral on Facebook and received a lot of positive comments, views and shares.
“The recent art that went viral was an imagination I had of what a powerful woman from the mountains would have looked like and I did not do too much on the artwork. I let the viewers depict and decide what they want to see,” said Jordan.
Jordan also has other similar arts that he will work on that will contribute towards his series of paintings titled “Queen of the Mountains.”
“I have over 15 very big art pieces I created which are at my family’s home in Brisbane and I plan to have them shipped up here soon,” he said.
Jordon completed his master’s degree at the University of Queensland and is currently employed by the Bank of Papua New Guinea.
“I have always had a passion to draw and I draw everyday as it is a form of escapism that I use to zone out for a bit. I started drawing and putting them up on Facebook and Instagram since 2014.”
Jordan said he does what many modern artists call doodling, but with a twist.
“Doodling is basically creating many random patterns within a shape and that is as simple as I can describe,” he said.
The twist is that the patterns and designs used to create his work are from Papua New Guinea (PNG) and from across the pacific.
Describing the tools and equipment that he uses to draw, Jordan said he uses the sharpie markers.
“I cannot find markers in PNG since I returned so I opted for other types of markers we use here every day but otherwise I would’ve continued using sharpies because of its versatility.”
Jordan started drawing at the age of six. He used to trace the outlines of story books against the windows and found it a joy to alter his own reality and recreate things that inspired him.
“I intend to open up a gallery in Hagen where it is close to my home so people can travel up there to see my artworks,” he said.
Jordan ended off by saying that he might run workshops to teach people on escapism and the art and how it can help them control their thoughts and emotions as it did for him.
“I would love to share this with people, and the thing about a gift is that it can be shared and passed on.”