About Connie Desaulniers Williamsburg, VA
The joy of embracing
my neurotic side.
I wanted to be an artist for as long as I could remember. However, as a senior art major at the College of William and Mary, I made the wise decision to join the business world instead. My part-time jobs throughout college led to a full-time marketing career at Busch Gardens during its nascent years. Fourteen years later, I had enough nerve and resources to start my own marketing business business.
I assuaged the inevitable business owner stress by creating art for therapy. Clients, budgets, and deadlines meant I needed a lot of art therapy. So I joined an artist group led by renowned painter Barclay Sheaks, tapped the fodder of
my frantic lifestyle, and embraced my neurotic side.
What an epiphany. I happily painted in the wee hours of the morning, my marketing business received a creative jolt, and business boomed. Ultimately the delirium inspired me to shutter my then 13-year-old marketing firm and become a full-time artist.
Perhaps the slower pace rattled my inner stress junky. A few years later I joined my newly-retired chef/husband, Marcel Desaulniers in a new adventure: a chocolate cafe' appropriately named MAD about Chocolate. We served Marcel's decadent desserts and lunch, plus the cafe was my personal gallery. Talk about having cake and eating it, too.
We sold MAD about Chocolate January 2016, so Marcel could retire for a second time (he previously owned The Trellis Restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square, and authored 10 cookbooks, including the award-winning Death by Chocolate).
Now I have more time to create art in Williamsburg's thriving art scene. Fortunately, I still need therapy.
Alter-egos just wanna have fun.
From "Eat, Drink and Be What you Want".