An artist has created a stunning set of aquatic portraits which look just like photographs.
At first glance, you could be forgiven for believing that these images look like an intimate set of snapshots caught by the photographer at exactly the right time.
However, these touching shower scenes were not captured by a camera – but amazingly painted by the hand of a New York artist.
Applying paintbrush to canvas, Alyssa Monks pays mind-boggling attention to detail to create them.
And the 31-year-old, who has insisted that she uses no tools in her paintings, has boasted that her creations look even more life-like than photographs.
In one picture, a girl peeps out from inside a steamed up shower and peers into the camera lens.
And in another, a woman wearing a bikini floats effortlessly under water, showing off her recently engaged finger.
Alyssa said: ‘I have always wanted to paint for as long as I can remember.
‘I took classes at school and then went to college and University before ending up at the New York Academy of Art.
‘The girl in most of the pictures is myself. I have used my own image many times because I do not have to worry about issues of self-consciousness that might arise with models.
‘However, I have been exploring the faces of family and friends recently too, I prefer to work with people that I know personally and have a relationship with.
A couple take a swim in this detailed work by Alyssa Monks
‘The paintings are very intricate and they take a lot of work to get right.
‘It is all about the desire to try and create an image of a person that is realer than real, beyond what even a photograph can portray.
‘I look for the “imperfect” details, and try to display how beautiful the real is, rather than the ideal.
‘I think it is often my willingness to let go of my own expectations of the body that allows me to capture the interesting surprises about the face and body.’
Alyssa takes about 1,000 pictures for a small series of paintings, using the images to play with the colour and get the paintings as real as possible.
And artist is in demand currently showing at a prestigious exhibition at the National Academy Museum in New York.