The intent of this body of work is to depict the varied emotions and situations of the destitute and to call for a truly compassionate response. The titles reflect my desire to see my isolated and meager acts of kindness burgeon into an ever-present posture of Christlike care, a more robust form of social compassion. This series is entitled Compassio, meaning "suffer with." In effort to portray the varied predicaments and emotions of the impoverished, these pieces are diverse stylistically. This diversity is reflected in the variance of realistic and abstract forms and the combinations of geometric and organic shapes. In my exploration of the stark tonal contrasts created by the interplay of charcoal and white conté, I envision redemptive bursts of light appearing in our dark social realm.