Gwen Davis’ business has struck a niche market of baby bumps and bar mitzvahs.
Her Burbank studio, a former Lockheed office building on Cedar Avenue near San Fernando, is adjacent to former airplane hangars and warehouses now used by Western Studios. On any given day, a television show’s set may be constructed or torn down nearby, yet in the quiet of Davis’ offices, a more delicate trade is taking place.
Here, a model is laying stock still as Davis paints tiger stripes all over her. On another day, an actor may receive a temporary tattoo for a film role. And helming the art at Airbrush Hollywood is Davis, a single mom and lifetime makeup master who says she’s finally learned one of the most valuable lessons an artist can learn: how to run her art as a business.