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San Diego native, Don Olea began drawing at five years of age, now he has more than 30 years of professional experience as an award-winning illustrator, digital painter, photographer, and graphic designer in the music, entertainment, and sports industries.

His professional career has landed him freelance and full time design and photography positions with the San Diego Chargers and Padres, the San Diego Union-Tribune, North County Times (SD), the Reno Gazette-Journal (Gannett West Headquarters), Billboard magazine, and sister titles: The Hollywood Reporter and Amusement Business magazine working from both of their Nashville and Los Angeles offices.

Don was a member and the official photographer for the International Entertainment Buyers Assoc. from 2002-2009. He is one of Nashville's premier entertainment and sports photographers having also served as the house photographer for Northstar Studios and B.B. Kings Blues Club in Nashville, TN.

His images and artwork have appeared in national and regional publications such as: Billboard, Amusement Business magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, People Magazine, Rolling Stone, Jet Magazine,, Venues Today, Country Weekly, Guitar Player Magazine, USA Hockey Magazine, Center Ice Magazine, Tennessee Sports magazine, Reno Gazette-Journal, U-T San Diego and the North County Times (San Diego).

As a sports photographer, Don covered the NHL's Nashville Predators from 2004-2011. He teamed up with author Justin B. Bradford in 2016 for his  book, "Nashville Predators: The Making of Smashville". Which details the fascinating history through unique player anecdotes and perspectives from those involved in the teams rise to prominence. Don's photos are featured throughout the book as well as the front and back cover photos.
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