About Connie Desaulniers Williamsburg, VA
The joy of embracing
my neurotic side.
For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be an artist. During my college years, with an imminent degree from William & Mary, I followed my father's advice an decided to get a "real career". I ultimately landed a full-time marketing position at Busch Gardens during its nascent years. Fourteen years later, I had the nerve and resources to start my own marketing business business.
One of the tenets of small business ownership is stress management, so I started painting again - - for therapy. I eventually joined an artist group led by renowned painter Barclay Sheaks.
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.
The slower pace rattled my inner stress junky. After a few years 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".