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Tara Cowles
Director & Founder

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 developes and manages our makeup line AW03 Maquillage. The line was designed with a makeup artist in mind with all products being pigmented, blendable and long wearing. Tara also spends many hours promoting the school with the media to create awareness locally and throughout Western Canada.

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Administrative Director

You’ll find Ashton welcoming you through the doors with her bubbly personality, sweet demeanour & 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 concerts. 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.

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Makeup Educator

Scarlett is a true artist. Her brush is pure magic! With 10 years of experience Scarlett still pushes her make up skills and artistry to the next level. 

She has worked as in house make up artist for Jami Symons Salon and for Le Cirque de la Nuit as well as on location for many shoots, events and shows. 

Inspired by video games and unicorns,  this girl very unique!  Always on point and ready for any make up challenge.

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Makeup Educator

Jessica is a ball of energy, enthusiasm and talent! We knew we had to keep this girl the moment she walked into the office.  We love her sweet demeanour, her pristine appearance and professional attitude.

A professional makeup artist and educator, with over 8 years experience in the world of beauty. Jessica has worked for internationally renowned companies such as MAC Cosmetics, Revlon Canada and as a lead artist and education trainer with Smashbox Cosmetics and Glamglow Canada. 

Jessica is presently finishing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry! Jessica wishes to pursue cosmetic chemistry and is looking forward to sharing her newfound knowledge with clients and students.

She Jessica’s area of expertise is artistry training. We are delighted to have her as part of the Artists Within Team, and look forward to her shaping students skills and aspirations as artists.

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Hair Session Stying Educator

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Special FX Educator

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. 

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Fashion Styling Educator

The latest member of our team, fashion stylist Erin Donnelly-Ferguson, originates from Phoenix and San Francisco where her styling career began 10 years ago.

Erin worked with J.Crew. styling, merchandising and doing window design in New York, Phoenix and San Francisco. Her career expanded to working on runways, editorial and personal styling which she continues today.

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Lash Extension Educator

Originally a past student her self, Alana has become her very own boss babe. Running a successful freelance business as well as currently working at Butter Beauty Parlour.

We are so happy to have this amazing artist as part of our team!

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Advanced Lash Extension Educator

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