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Our Instructors and Coaches

Jana L. Bussanich, Artist, Instructor & Consultant

Jana L. Bussanich is the owner and founder of Jana L. Bussanich, LLC, and Jana L. Bussanich Art & Instruction, owner at Yellow Couch Gallery, Classroom, and Community.

We provide high-quality fine Art solutions, creative design, and management of private, commercial, and public art, in addition to art instruction and consulting services to collectors and mentoring services to artists interested in developing the business side of art—Jana Bussanich Artist Studio, located in downtown Colorado Springs, CO.

Leslie McCrea, Leslie McCrea Art

Colorado Springs-based independent artist, Leslie McCrea, paints mainly in water media: watercolor, ink, and acrylic. She shares her love of art-making with others through her watercolor courses.  Leslie finds subtle beauty and Nuanced charm where least expected. Leslie conveys the beauty of the ordinary through her quick journal sketches and paintings in watercolor.

Exploring the intersection between life and art, drawing, and painting requires a certain slowness of seeing, of Being, necessary for recording. Leslie loves the creative process, where she finds goodness, beauty, and truth. She strives to live the way she creates.

Mo Morrow, Epiphany Designs 

Mo Morrow graduated from Colorado College with a Major in Studio Art after studying painting in oils under James Trissel and Bernard Arnest. She has found expression over her lifetime in both 2 and 3 D media including ceramic sculpture and functional ware and fiber art. Mo spent 25 years creating polymer clay cane worked jewelry as a way to integrate color and form. She turned to watercolor as the ultimate medium with which to express her deep love of the natural world. When she is not painting or teaching here in Colorado Springs, she heads an equine program at a wilderness retreat center in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

Tasha Sprovtsoff, Happy Fish Art Studio

Independent artist, Tasha Sprovtsoff is a mixed media and mono-print artist inspiring hope after loss.

She is currently focusing her artistic energy on watercolor painting as well as mono-printing and collage art. Her process of printing and collaging is born from the loss of her husband, Nick, who died in 2011. For some time, art didn’t fit into the space of her brain or her time because she had two small children. As she emerged from the fog of grief, she realized mono-printing mimicked the transitions of our lives. Adding new layers of experience as one would add layers of paint to a print. However, what to do with all the prints? She began to cut and rip the prints, leaving a pile of shreds that were unrecognizable just as her life felt after Nick’s death. Those pieces can never be put back together as they once were. However, through collage and by layering something beautiful and whole can be made. Tasha hopes that she can inspire others, who have experienced such a significant loss, to find a way to put the pieces of their lives together again and to thrive.

Read more of her story here.