I stumbled upon this artist a couple days ago and I completely admired her work. Usually artists paint their viewpoints or "imitations" of objects onto a canvas. However, Alexa Meade paints directly onto her subject. Her process of accentuating what's already naturally beautiful of that person is something i've never seen before. What's also cool is that her pictures look like 2D paintings, when in reality everything is 3D. Her work makes you think that it's a painting, but in reality it's a photograph of a 3D scene where people or food are her canvas.
This blog has tons of pictures of her artwork (check out specifically the third and second to last pictures if you want to be mind blown :D) http://slices-of-life.com/2011/09/09/alexa-meade-live-acrylic-paintings/