From coast to coast
From the first moment that you meet John Bright, it is easy to find yourself in a comfortable place. This young man immediately makes you feel welcome. He has a certain sense of confidence, not be confused with cockiness; although he would have every excuse to take on a boastful swagger. A talented designer, and even more impressive human, John Bright is a name you need to know in the landscape profession.
John’s journey into landscaping did not follow the normal industry path. The son of a librarian and an actuary, his influence to the outdoors isn’t from home. “My parents are not green thumbs. At all. They kill everything,” John jokes.
He coasted through high school and gravitated to athletics. Odd jobs followed. It was when he began working at a nursery that his route began to develop. Here he taught himself all about plants, when he wasn’t driving his bosses crazy. “I didn’t even know what a Hosta was,” he professes. John sought a new challenge soon after, finding himself building dry stack walls for a contractor. Following a travel hiatus, John performed some freelance landscape construction. It was at this point that he decided to enter the Landscape Design Program at Fanshawe College in London. “It was the first time that I actually tried in school…. this was the first time that I was like ‘I want to do this.’”
John sketched as a kid - mostly dinosaurs. “I couldn’t draw a tree to save my life.” he says. He stopped drawing for a period; attempted some art classes in high school, then ceased again. It wasn’t until he dove into landscape design that he really discovered his finest skill. John’s landscape design sketches set him apart from the pack. “It’s a dying art…not a lot of people are doing it anymore. And I think that’s maybe what got me a little bit of traction,” he says. John speaks of emotion and feel and how his drawings translate to the client. Although he has a full grasp of AutoCAD and Sketch-up design programs, “expression on paper” brings his ideas to life (even if it takes twenty to thirty pages of renderings to get it right).
After graduating with honours, John found employment in Toronto, splitting his time between the office and on site. Looking for more of an opportunity to design full-time led him back to London and Springbank Landscapes, where he had spent time as a college co-op student. “I think it’s gonna be a good fit,” he says. No question there!
His talent has not gone unnoticed. John’s ‘Cottage in the Country’ design was recognized with a Landscape Ontario Award of Excellence and his work has appeared in the Fall/ Winter 2015 edition of Outdoor Landscape Magazine. John’s modern style always tips its cap to tradition. Hi clients experiences and lifestyle prompts him to incorporate international flavor and personal touches throughout his designs.
With ease he will gain new clients, and more of his sketches will become a reality. His talents and personality assure this. Now settled into what is his true calling, expect to hear more from John Bright.