Tara Cowles Director & Founder- artistswithin-1

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.

Photo Credit:  dimnikolov Ashton Administrative Director artistswithin-2

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.

Scarlett Makeup Educator- artistswithin-3

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.

Jessica Makeup Educator- artistswithin-4

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.

Erica Hair Session Styling Eduator- artistswithin-5

Hair Session Stying Educator

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Erin Fashion Styling Educator- artistswithin-6

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.

Shantel Lash Extension Educator- artistswithin-7

Lash Extension Educator

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