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Born and raised in La Jolla, California, a quiet and conservative city in the shadow of San Diego with lots of hills and even more beaches, Rex grew up with a keen interest in all things connected to the ocean, school sports, music and art. Having two parents that came from the entertainment industry, his early years were creatively inspired and a certain rebellious, independent nature emerged that included practical jokes, daring adventures, and ambitious dreams of travel and excitement. Despite the conservative values of that time and place, and perhaps even as a result of it, the kids ran a little crazy, so self-expression became the norm. High school life was a key time of creative learning for Rex and his interests in music and art were quickly shaping his goals for the future. The creative projects accomplished in those early years gave him his first taste of the admiration that artists often receive. So it wasn’t a stretch for him to pursue drama and music at San Diego State University.

After graduating, the lure of Los Angeles proved to be irresistible and the perfect escape from the slower paced lifestyle of San Diego. In 1983, Rex moved North and found work as a waiter at RJs, in Beverly Hills. Little did he know, the restaurant, with its Sunday brunch and flamboyant chef, would soon open a door to the rest of his life.

Los Angeles had become a permanent home for Rex and he found an artistic outlet by sculpting ice, and working a few years as a decorative faux painter. He met his wife Lisa, and they began raising two kids. As his sculpting skills improved, and his ice business grew, the rewards of hard work paid off, and LA Ice Art is now an industry leader in the Los Angeles area. He currently lives in Westchester, on the Westside of Los Angeles, not far from the ocean that he loves. Rex now focuses mainly on running LA Ice Art, his family, and enjoying life in any number of interesting ways.

Timeline:

1978 Graduated LCDS with emphasis in music, art and athletics on a full scholarship.

1982 Graduated San Diego State Univ.: Major in Drama, minor in English. Also pursued various art classes for personal enrichment.

1983 Moved to Los Angeles and became employed as a waiter at RJ’s in Beverly Hills.

1985 Volunteered to sculpt ice for the restaurant brunch. Starting pay per ice sculpture: 0 As his skills improved, his compensation increased from $15 to $25 to $50, and six months after his initial attempt, he was approached by an individual for a wedding sculpture. That day became the official commencement of his self-employment as an ice sculptor.

1990 Became self supported by ice sculpting alone.

1995 Established LA Ice Art and launched the web page, which increased business significantly.

2003 Started an ice house with ice block manufacturing, sculpting studio, office and freezer.

2012 Expanded business to include CNC capable machining for perfect logo production.

2013 Launched new web site with live studio web cam, the first of it’s kind.

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