Body painting: Model painted in front of New York's skyline
New York City skyline (Photo: Trina Merry)

Artist Trina Merry crafts surreal urban scenes by masterfully camouflaging her models with body paint so they blend into their surroundings.

Whether they're fine art museum installations or major commercial advertising campaigns, all of Merry's ephemeral body paintings are exquisite and mind-blowingly realistic in their own way.

Body painting: Model painted in front of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge Park, San Francisco (Photo: Trina Merry)

"Painting on the body creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience," Merry writes on her website. "I am a conceptual artist and often I am inspired by the bodies themselves — by what they can and can’t do."

Body painting: Model painted in front of the arch at New York's Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park, New York City (Photo: Trina Merry)

Because she is based in both New York City and San Francisco, a significant portion of Merry's work focuses on the iconic landmarks and street scenes that define these unique city landscapes.

Continue below for more examples of how she's transformed her models into these urban masterpieces, and be sure to see more of her work on her website and Facebook.

Body painting: Model painted in front of San Francisco's Lombard Street
Lombard Street, San Francisco (Photo: Trina Merry)
Body painting: Model painted in front of New York's Freedom Tower
Freedom Tower, New York City (Photo: Trina Merry)
Body painting: Model painted in front of New York's Central Park
Central Park, New York City (Photo: Trina Merry)
Bodypainting of MTA subway
Subway, New York City (Photo: Trina Merry)
Body painting: Model painted in front of San Francisco's Alcatraz
Alcatraz, San Francisco (Photo: Trina Merry)
Body painting: Model painted in front of New York's Time Square
Times Square, New York City (Photo: Trina Merry)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.