Melanie Hill Guion is a self-taught painter and musician. Originally from Arizona, she did some traveling before deciding to call New Orleans home in 1994.
She began making shrines on wood and concrete, then started using recycled shoes as her background when her son was a baby.
After years of doing decorative painting for the House of Blues around the country, she began doing installation pieces, sometimes making as many as 300 shoeshrines for a venue, all unique, then affixing them to the ceilings and walls of the House of Blues nightclubs. The shoeshrines have also been incorporated into ceiling murals done by her husband, the painter, Scott Guion.
After 13 years in New Orleans, Melanie and her family have relocated to Nashville, and are loving it!