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Inspiring Conversations with Denise Luce of Corbeaux Magazine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Luce. We are so thrilled to see their magazine thriving as at Voyage we are always rooting for new, independent, non-corporate media outlets.  The world needs more people to bring their unique visions to the media landscape and we hope you’ll both check out the story below as well as their magazine.

Hi Denise, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always been obsessed with art and creating. Luckily I was blessed with parents who always encouraged me and supported all the creative avenues I wanted to explore. From face painting to baking/cake decorating, mixed media projects of all kinds, drawing, painting, then eventually photography, graphic design and digital art, I can’t even remember a time in my life when creativity wasn’t a huge part of it. I am also married to my favorite artist and art teacher, Jon, which has been such a gift as we both balance each other’s artistic abilities and keep one another inspired, focused and creating. Having a plethora of fellow creatives as friends is also a huge part of who I am today. There is always someone to be inspired by, to learn from, and to lift when your spirit when the self-doubt hits that all artists share.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
One of my biggest struggles personally is having been diagnosed with a few auto-immune illnesses since I was a teenager. Some of these have gotten progressively worse over time. One of the symptoms I experience daily is severe physical pain, which has forced me to restructure a lot of my creative outlets. But not creating is NOT an option. So when I can’t physically function too well and have to let my body rest, I use my creative energies to help other artists by mentoring upcoming photographers, scouting new talent and showcasing them in Corbeaux Magazine, or using my graphic design talent to create imagery for fundraisers of all kinds.

We’ve been impressed with Corbeaux Magazine, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Corbeaux Magazine is the brainchild of Lauren Messing and myself, and the best thing to come out of the crazy year that was 2020. We are both creative professionals (Lauren is a brilliant make-up artist, I am a photographer/retoucher/graphic designer), and as many fellow artist pros can attest, 2020 was a big challenge for all of us. Eager to keep our own creative juices flowing and encourage and uplift other creatives, we jumped into the opportunity to showcase and celebrate all kinds of artists, at any stage of their career, on an international platform.

Our biggest accomplishment is featuring artists who never believed in themselves or that they’d get published, the ones who tell us that they were about to give up but being published gave them new hope, the ones that let us know about their less than supportive families/friends, and how a publication with us made them feel loved and accepted, the ones who are finally seen because we are not afraid to discuss the harder experiences in life and so much more.

We are forever striving to make Corbeaux Magazine not just an amazing creative platform and source of inspiration, but a giant, supportive family of creatives all over the world.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
When I am not focused on all kinds of creative projects, I’m pretty obsessed with studying everything I can about naturopathy, crystals, essential oils, shadow work, transpersonal psychology, etc., I’m also a huge nerd who loves DnD and online MMORPGs, and addicted to watching horror movies and serial killer documentaries.

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