Mike Dwyer lives in Loveland, Colorado. He expressed an interest in wildlife from a young age and began carving songbirds and waterfowl out of wood in the fall of 1985. As his style matured, his medium changed to bronze and his subject matter expanded. With a lifelong passion for observing wildlife in their natural surroundings, he also took an academic approach to his work. He has done field studies in threatened and endangered wildlife and earned a Master of Science in Orthinology, the study of birds. He gets his inspiration from the outdoors and said, “I give God the glory for the gifts and talents He has blessed me with.”
His bronze doorknockers are some of his most popular works and came about at the suggestion of a friend. Since, then he has created fifteen other doorknocker designs of birds and animals. From rustic cabins to suburban residences, the doorknockers make great accents for any house. “Many of my clients homes are typical residential homes that have the perfect location on the door or next to the door on the trim board for their favorite bronze door knocker. They are looking for very unique and functional bronze door knockers to accent the front entry of their homes,” Mike said.
One of his most ambitious projects has been Pika’s in the Park, an interactive sculpture event in Estes Park. The project began when the Estes Park Town Administrator and his wife, Frank and Jill Lancaster approached his booth at the Vail Fine Arts Festival. Mike explains, “My trio of bronze Chipmunks caught their eyes, and he shared the idea of incorporating bronze Pika’s into a permanent interactive scavenger hunt in downtown Estes Park. The Town of Estes Park then commissioned me to sculpt the 12 Pika’s, which then became Pika’s in the Park.” He has hidden bronze pikas around the town and guests can follow the clues to find all of the pikas. The Squash Blossom also has three pikas hidden within our gallery walls. Come stop by the gallery today and begin your search for Moomaw, Addie, and Muriel. Clue: These pikas enjoy a sweet view.