Merlin’s paintings in acrylic and watercolor differ greatly in style and subject matter. They include poetic representations of turn-of-the-century Cheyenne life and 1950s portrayals of the Cheyenne community at Fonda.
 His works are known for the authentic stories they tell
 and for titles often served with a touch of humor.


Merlin’s medicine paintings, based upon the Cheyenne ceremonies, are another important artistic outlet for him. These brilliantly colored, expressionistic depictions of the spirit world reflect the artist’s growing understanding
 and insights into the Great Mysteries of life.