Hi, I’m K. I’m an interdisciplinary artist, artist consultant, and avid fan of the multi-cam sit-com genre. I’m glad you’re here and hope to get to know you too!

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© Julia Hembree Smith

I am an American writer and visual artist known for my technicolor portraits and observations of mystery and meaning in works of fiction and nonfiction.

I grew up in New Castle, PA, a steel-city town just north of Pittsburgh. My father, mother and three older brothers were all involved in the art world in one way or another. My senior year in high school I began contracting work as an illustrator. While I studied for my B.A. in Applied Linguistics, Pastore attended various gallery exhibitions and events where I was asked to perform her signature “live-paintings” which slowly transformed into the interdisciplinary, collaborative performances that I devoted herself to during my graduate studies.

I received my Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, where I wrote my master’s thesis on the use of Phenomenology and Theology in Literary Theory. There I began writing film criticism and arts-focused editorial pieces for magazines and blogs including Converge Magazine, Fathom Magazine, and Lumindeo Studios. In 2017 I was a resident at Act One’s Hollywood Screenwriting Workshop in Los Angelos, CA where I finished writing my debut novel, Good Blood.

Alongside my academic career and creative life, I have enjoyed working with artists of all genres. While functioning as the Director of Events at Joe’s Live in Chicago, IL, I orchestrated visual exhibitions, readings, and music performances. My affection for serving emerging artists by getting their work into the public eye and for serving established artists by creating collaborative opportunities began to take root. For two years I functioned as the Head of Visual Arts for Eikon Artist Fellowship in Dallas, TX. With Eikon, I presented lectures on arts-related academic work. I developed and marketed various lecture series, workshops, and gallery displays. But, I most enjoyed working one-on-one with Eikon artists, helping them to hone their craft, visualize their passions and connect with opportunities where they can both grow in craftsmanship and character, and contribute to the community.

Currently, I work as an independent artist consultant—regularly taking on clients in search of artistic development and content creation. And, I enjoy traveling to undertake speaking engagements and opportunities to mentor young artists.

I live, paint, and write in New York City.