Meet Mel Heibel

Mel discovered her love for art as a young child, and was always bringing home watercolor paintings. Her grandfather was a carpenter and had a big influence on her. He made her first easel that she would use to draw pictures and paint. Mel also helped him use tools, create stained glass, and complete wood projects. She remembers helping him paint and stain them with great pride.

Mel received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from St. Louis Community College where she had an emphasis in drawing, design, and photography. She also studied Fine Arts, Art History, and Vernacular Architecture at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

A good friend offered Mel a position as a painter because he knew that was her true passion. Mel learned a lot from him and within a year she was running her own project crew. She also worked as a property manager helping with property upkeep and painting.

Mel actually met Dwayne through an old friend and they hit it off right away working on the same team. By the end of the season Dwayne and Mel were like old friends.

Dwayne offered Mel a part time job working with him on various projects after they worked together for a while. The part-time position quickly turned into full time work after Dwayne realized what a great asset Mel is.

Mel felt she had forgotten how much she loved painting and making spaces beautiful and she was excited to work for someone who takes just as much pride in his work and has as good of an eye for detail as she does.

“Dear Dwayne,

Just yesterday I was walking around the house and realized just how nice it looks with the bright, clean windows and clean siding. Thank you so much for all your work . I so much appreciate all you did and the way you went about it.”



Thank you so much—not only for your exceptional work—but for your patience with me and friendship and trustworthiness.

I’m lovin’ my finished (almost) house!”

Jo Ann

“Dwayne & Mel—


Came over Tuesday night with vacuum (a little early for that!) and was amazed at the transformation of the living area. No holes, no bumps! No yellow! I love it and can hardly wait until it is done.

Thank you both for making my new place so pretty.”


“Dear Dwayne,

Thank you very much for painting my condo for me. I’m very pleased with the results.

This move has presented several new expenses for me and I’m so glad most of them were great. I’m glad Johnston Paint referred me to you.

Thanks again!”

Gail Garey

“Dwayne: Outstanding! If you need to show it to a perspective customer, give me a call.

Thanks for your patience with my questions and comments.”

Kenny McClure

“Thank you for doing a five-star job on our kitchen remodel!”

“Dwayne’s eye for detail & quality and Mel’s dedication to matching a 3-color rag finish goes beyond what we hoped for. They are professionals in every sense of the word. We look forward to working with them again and would recommend Dwayne Browning LLC to anyone looking for a high-quality painting company.”

Ken & Janie Huskey

“Thank you, Dwayne! You raise the bar on expectations of all workmen!”

Mark & Brenda Wilson

“You did such a beautiful job refinishing my black walnut dresser!  You worked your magic, and now the grain is rich, deep and lustrous.  I’m just sorry that I didn’t have you return it to its former glory, a long time ago. And, then you did the impossible – when you restored my Father-in-Law’s collegiate chair. It looks brand new – flawless.  Thanks for restoring a priceless gift from a precious man. You are a skilled craftsman – and your love of the trade certainly shows through your work!”

Ruth Lutz