Michael counts Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven among his greatest influences. “The way they would capture fleeting moments of colour and light is so inspiring” he says.

Born to a large, artistic family (his mother an award-winning carver and his father a master cooper and wood-craftsman), no inch of paper in the Lorentz house was safe from a doodle.

Following a successful career as a television cameraperson, Michael is embracing his second life as an artist. “Telling visual stories has always been my passion”.

“Each canvas holds a hidden story and each layer of colour reveals another chapter.”

Michael often uses found-objects as brushes or knives, giving his paintings a tangible connection to the places that inspire his work.