Ashlea Henson is the creative administrator of Mimicks Face Painting. After working in her mum's business for 13 years, in January 2009 Sherrill offered her the opportunity to become a partner in the company.
She brings with her a fresh new approach and spends countless hours designing new faces for the Mimicks artistes to incorporate in their face painting regime, updating the visual marketing aids, display equipment and sales literature, and also overseeing the quality of workplace standards that Mimicks is so recognisable for.
Ashlea is very much a perfectionist and has a unique attention to detail which can be observed at her face painting events. Every child or adult that is worked on by Ashlea doesn't just have their face painted - they receive a creation that depicts an artistic style that sets her apart from many others.
Ashlea was a very young child in 1990 when her Mum started Mimicks Face Painting and from those very early days she became fascinated with the little round pots of paint that her Mum called water make-up. She was always first in line when the kit came out at practice time, and her friends thought it was wonderful when they came round for tea and left with an artistic creation on their face.
Over the years she would attend as many events as possibly and would spend her time just watching and learning from the Mimicks Face Painting girls, taking it all in. Sherrill could see her keen interest so she bought Ashlea a training head block so that she could practice on. Her very first face painting design was a Parrot that she copied from the Grimas book. See photo opposite.
By the time she was only 11 years old, and after much persuasion, Sherrill allowed her to work on paying customers. Quite often she was smaller than those she was painting and had to have a custom made box to stand on so that she could reach their faces!
Practicing on the head block
Aged 6 years
Applying a Fake Wound
Aged 9 years
Throughout her school years she was most happy in her Art and Craft classes and allowed her natural artistic ability to flourish and develop. On leaving school she progressed through a Fine Art A Level at a local college and then went on to achieve The International Theatrical & Media Make-up Diploma.
During this time Ashlea became Premier Artiste for the company and spent her weekends traveling the country with the Mimicks team, attending countless shows and festivals all over the place.
Over the past couple of years Ashlea has been producing face painting tutorial videos for YouTube and has had an overwhelming response from her subscribers. She enjoys passing on her immense knowledge surrounding her face painting skills and intends to continue with her tutorial submissions on a regular basis
Ashlea Face Painting at 11 years old for paying customers.
"It delights me no end when I can see the results that total beginners can produce, purely by watching my step-by-step instruction, and it reminds me of that time, not so long ago, when I was that little girl watching on, as my Mum and her team created their masterpieces!"