The Madera County Arts Council has provided arts education in Madera County schools for nearly three decades. The following is one of five interviews with graduates from area schools who are now making a living — or plan to make a living — in the arts.
Steve Carney, 58
Occupation: Carney is the Executive Director of Madera County Office of Education Career and Alternative Education division. He is also a woodcarver and hopes to work on his craft full-time once he retires from education.
Education: Carney has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s of Business Administration from National University. He holds an administrative credential from Fresno Pacific University. He grew up in San Diego, although he is a fifth generation Maderan and moved back to Madera 21 years ago.
What type of art do you do? Carney is a wood sculptor specializing in human realistic busts, specifically historical figures from the 1700s and 1800s. His favorite types of wood to work with are butternut and walnut. “I sculpt mountain men as well as Indians, soldiers during the Civil War, that kind of thing,” he said...