DEBORAH CLAGUE IS AN AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, ANIMAL LOVER, WORLD TRAVELLER AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMER.

I've always found solace with a #2 pencil and a piece of paper. Whether drawing rudimentary portraits of my family as a kindergartener or writing embarrassing poetry as a teen, these tools have acted as a conduit for me to unleash my creativity on the world. 

Through practice, persistence and sheer determination, I've managed to parlay the skills I've honed into a career in the field of design. Over the past decade, I've worked for several advertising agencies, started a creative services boutique (Oblada Creative) and have had my work awarded, published and exhibited internationally.

In addition to visual art, I also enjoy writing and use the journal on this site to record the narrative of my life. The tools I use may have evolved from pencil and paper to instruments of the digital age, but the essence of honest expression has remained the same. I believe that art should be personal but share an experience that is universal. 

I feel that the influential role of designers and writers has the ability to empower, leverage and revolutionize all by transforming the simple to the sublime. I am greatly inspired by my travels; street art and the gallery of the urban landscape influence everything I do.