Austin Dwyer is a Fellow member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters (PSGNWP) and a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, (ASMA). He was born in County Tipperary, Ireland. Besides being a painter, he is also a teacher, author and musician. Austin studied music in Dublin at the Municipal School of Music and Art in London and Frankfurt, Germany. After spending time in the British Merchant Marine, his travels brought him to America, where he joined the USAF.
Following tours of duty in the Pacific and Europe, Austin arrived in Seattle, WA where he was proud to become an American citizen. He studied commercial art in Europe and graduated from the Burnley School of Professional Art in Seattle, WA. After graduation, Austin founded Dwyer Advertising, Marketing and Illustration and taught Illustration and Design at Burnley for 14 years.
Austin’s paintings have won many awards, including the Frye Museum and West Coast Paper Show. Since the creation of the Puget Sound Country Exhibit, he was awarded the West Coast Purchase Award twice. He received an Honorable Mention in the Expressions West exhibit in 2004 and the Directors Award in the Coo’s Art 11th Maritime exhibit in the same year. In 2005, Austin was a featured artist and judge for the 12th Maritime exhibit at the Coo’s Art Museum.
He and his wife, Mig Peters, have 8 children and 20 grandchildren. Now retired for the past 10 years, Austin spends most of his days painting in his studio in Mukilteo, WA. He is involved in guest lecturing at universities and high schools and is frequently asked to Jury shows and conduct workshops.