For a long time, nature was MNO’s main muse. He lived and worked beside a creek overhung with ancient maples. The forest – its lichen, moss and bark – inspired textual finishes in a riot of environmental hues: sea blue, acid green, dirt brown, and more.

More recently, MNO has been living in the city. Saint John’s industry and the peeling paint, rust and weathered boards of the nearby Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides, have given him som new ideas.

City or country, this is a powerful place to live and work.