WHAT IS PINEOAK PRODUCTIONS, LLC? Essentially, it is a limited liability corporation which is my alter ego. It is the business aspect of David Cherry. I am its owner and CEO.
WHAT IS THE STYLIZED “C”? AND HOW DOES IT RELATE TO PINEOAK PRODUCTIONS? I do not have a good answer. But I do have an answer. Years ago, when I was struggling to establish myself as an illustrator, I began to use the stylized C as my signature on my paintings. To be honest, Whelan was doing it, and I thought it was cool. But there were more practical reasons than mere hero worship. Art Directors were always cropping out the artist’s name for some odd reason when they printed a book cover. But with a symbol as my signature, it was easy to work the symbol into the painting in a place where it could not be cropped out. As a result my signature was usually seen even on book covers. It might be hidden, but it became sort of a game among my fans to search for the signature. At the time, I lived on Pineoak Drive in Edmond, OK. Personally, I have never seen nor heard of a Pineoak, so I imagine it was some sort of typo when the housing addition was established. But that was my street. When it came time to have a business name, I chose Pineoak Productions figuring no one else in the world would ever challenge me for that one. So far, I have been right about that. So the C has been my symbol and signature for years. Pineoak Productions is, essentially, me. So the symbol for Pineoak Produtions became a new version of the stylized C.
WHY DON’T YOU HAVE AN “H” AT THE END OF YOUR LAST NAME? The plain and simple “Cherry” is what C. J. and I were both born with. As to why C. J. changed hers, that is her story to tell, not mine. I will not even begin to go into all the questions I have received as to how to pronounce “Cherryh”. It is amazing how fertile the human imagination can be. But that topic I do feel I can address. The pronunciation is the exact same as “Cherry”. The “h” is silent. And why don’t I have the “h” at the end of my name? Never felt the need, I guess.