The Schuylkill River presents a context of contrasts: the gritty highway and graffitied bridges juxtaposed alongside the pristine historical buildings, flowing river, and twisting trees.  Using these elements, these paintings incorporate a figure (or figures) into Philadelphia’s urban and natural elements in order to explore the diversity in the spaces of the city and the cultures of its people. Working on-site from models from various parts of the city, the project sought to draw together people and their stories to interact, if only for a moment.  Each portrait includes a railing or fence of some kind, which explores the concept of boundaries, including or excluding natural elements and people from a given space.