Tara Anand

Tara spends her day keeping our Motley Crew happy and sane.  She is Artists Within’s own femme fatale. With her sky high heels and her subtle charm, she has the innate ability to direct “the show” to go off without a hitch. 

With years of fashion acumen behind her, Tara has now focused her creative abilities towards education and achieving the highest standards in the makeup profession. It’s about nurturing and fostering students with the skills to become successful in this industry.

To complement her background as a makeup artist she also runs the artists management agency giving talented artists and stylists opportunities to work with leading advertising agencies and television production companies. 

Tara spends many hours promoting the school with the media to create awareness locally and throughout Western Canada.

Photo Credit: dimnikolov


You’ll find Ashton welcoming you through the doors with her bubbly personality, sweet demeanor & beautiful smile, you’d never guess this girl is a Scorpio! Rest assured Ashton’s sting only appears in her work ethic, lists and tasks that must be completed no matter what’s going on around her!

Before joining the ranks of Artists Within as the Administrative Director, Ashton worked as an Esthetician and Makeup artist. We love that no matter the needs of students or clients alike, Ashton can hold her own.

Ashton has done countless photo shoots, fashions shows, television segments and events and is also proud to have been involved with the 2 Calgary benefit concerts held after the 2013 floods. Ashton has a passion for helping people feel confident as well as beautiful.

Whether you call or come visit Ashton will be your first encounter of hopefully many at the academy.



Sheena will rock your fashion world, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, combined with 10 years of photography, Sheena has a unique perspective on how to create fashion that the camera loves. As one of our fashion stylists on the artist management roster and also the styling instructor, she is a rare mix of organization and creativity. 

A shoe-a-holic at heart, Sheena is here to chase clients (and students!) out of their comfort zones and into dressing rooms. Always looking for the beautiful in everything, Sheena juxtaposes the unthinkable with stunning results. Her bubbly personality and need for all things sparkly make Sheena a great addition to the Artists Within team.



We originally found Danielle in the retail world doing an incredibly fine job of turning clients' lives around once they saw the incredible application and transformation that had occurred when Danielle placed her makeup brushes down.

This girl is wears many different hats from Beauty makeup to Special Fx; she can make you look like the most beautiful girl in the world or like you just stepped off the stet of Zombies gone wild!

Danielle has a passion for educating her students and has a wonderful way about her when teaching our students either the Makeup Diploma, Advanced Makeup or the Special FX program. We are always excited to see what emerges from the classroom each day!

Danielle is also a team member of our artist management team with her work varying from the classroom to a movie set, theatre production or photo shoot. We’re overjoyed to have this sweet kind soul as a member of our team and love to watch Danielle and her passion for makeup  and education helping those around her reaching their highest potential.



Branden is the latest addition to our ever-expanding growing team. Former Salon Manager Branden, comes to us with 9 years experience in the salon industry. Looking to expand his knowledge to others he is our new resident Full Time Hair Session Styling Instructor!

He is the biggest cat lover we know, and I mean you have heard of the crazy cat lady well ladies and gentleman, meet the cat man! With his joyful laugh and warm personality he will make you feel right at home. Branden strives to continually involve himself in ongoing education in order to give his students the best learning experience possible.