Meet the Artist

 

Bruce Champion

AS A CHILD, Bruce grew up in Tawas City, close to the shores of Lake Huron where the city limit met the country.  His life revolved around woods, water, wild life and sun rises.  When he was old enough to drive, his adventure and respect for nature increased considerably as 100,000 pristine acres of Huron National Forest, including The AuSable River, Iargo Springs and The Lumberman’s Monument, became his extended playground.  Camping, hiking, canoeing, hunting and fishing filled his life and cultivated a awe for the outdoors.  Boy Scouts kept him in tune with the landscape by teaching him survival skills and plant identification.  As a senior in high school, he propagated Easter Lilies, Christmas Poinsettias, Geraniums and Tropicals for an FTD florist and maintained their greenhouses, home and landscape.

 

AS A YOUNG MAN, in the fall of 1976, Bruce enrolled at Northern Michigan University with no specific agenda. Other than to acquire some gen eds, it was the beautiful landscape of the Upper Peninsula and shores of Lake Superior that summoned him to Marquette.  After three seasons of more hiking, nature and breath taking waterfalls, an Admissions Counselor changed his course of time forever.  He was introduced to Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Technology.  Bruce’s career was birthed and a lifelong quest to unite passion with dreams had begun.  From the fall of 1979 to the spring of 1982 he completed his Associates Degree in Landscape Technology, specializing in landscape design, at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills.

 

AS A BUSINESS MAN, Bruce established a freelance design service in 1982 through Vidosh Brothers, Inc., a large landscape firm in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  He started as a laborer in 1979, but after graduating from OCC he went on to design and manage over 6 million dollars in residential and small commercial landscape sales.  In 1991 his freelance services became Champion Land Design, Inc., a self owned and family operated landscape design/build firm that specializes in quality residential landscaping.

 

IN THE SUMMER OF 1985, Bruce gave his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He had always known about Him, but really never ‘knew’ Him. Through a new personal relationship with Jesus Christ, his intrinsic love for nature, artistic gifts, passions, hopes and dreams took on a whole new perspective!