"Rose" is a portrait of a young woman. She reflects my perception of modern women, still subject to gender inequality. The work has an illustrative approach which tends to deceive the viewer with some abstract details. I started this painting with a realistic sketch using wet and dry media together. Then I created a second layer with clear acrylic sheet which is generally used as a framing accessory. The acrylic sheet which looks like glass creates a surface as delicate as the woman herself. "Rose" is a series of three portraits which can be presented individually or together. 

- Samuray Akarvardar

Rose #1

Ink, watercolor, soft pastel, charcoal, clear acrylic sheet on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front and back

18" h x 14" w 
0 lbs. 0 oz.



Samuray Akarvardar
Palo Alto CA, New York

Getting to Know Samuray

Originally from Istanbul, Samuray Arkvardar began taking art classes as a teenager in the basement of the local art museum. She was also very studious, and instead of pursuing her art immediately, she became an engineer and received a PhD in geophysics. “While working, I continued art classes wherever I could find time, visited galleries, and read about art,” says Samuray. In 2010, she finally decided to focus on making art full time. Samuray began taking art classes in California and further developed her contemporary style. Her figurative work is concerned with portraying the psyche through interpretations of portraiture. Using collage materials, including transparent acrylic sheets, Samuray aims to convey the complex layers of modern human existence.