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 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.

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Administrative Director

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.


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 various events and shows. 

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


Makeup Educator

Welcoming the latest addition to the team, Jessica, 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. The girl has it all, beauty, brains and a huge heart.

A professional makeup artist and educator, who trained in Toronto where she pursued freelance makeup artistry while furthering her skills working retail cosmetics. With over 8 years experience in the world of beauty, she has worked for internationally renowned companies MAC Cosmetics and Revlon Canada and is currently a Lead Artist and Education Trainer with Smashbox Cosmetics and Glamglow Canada, some of the fastest expanding brands under the Estee Lauder Group of Companies. 

Not just a pretty face, 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.

Jessica is also enthusiastic about her community. She has participated in Catwalk for Water, a runway fashion show to raise funds and awareness for WaterAid, put on by AVEDA salons of Regina.  She’s also excited to be joining Saskatchewan Fashion Week for a second year, working backstage with the makeup artistry team as a Key Artist for 2018. Jessica’s area of expertise is retail customer service, product knowledge, and artistry training. She, as are we, is delighted to bring her experience and knowledge to the students of Artists Within Makeup Academy, and looks forward to shaping their skills and aspirations as artists.


Hair Educator

A creative dream with killer style who we adore having around! Branden is a former Salon Manager and 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.  Branden is not only extremely talented but also creative, patient and inspiring.  

Outside of hair and fashion Braden's passion is cats....he is the biggest cat lover we know, the crazy cat lady has nothing on this 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. 


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.





Lash Extension Educator

**Bio Coming Soon**