David A. Cherry is an American artist, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres. His artworks have been nominated eight times for Hugo Awards, and he is a past president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. David is the brother of the science fiction writer C. J. Cherryh ("Cherry" is the original spelling of the last name of the family), and has painted cover art for some of her books as well as books by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sean Dalton, Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey (Thieves' World series) and Piers Anthony.
David graduated from high school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where his sister, noted above, was his Latin teacher. He also took art classes in high school. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. then earned his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was admitted to the bar in Oklahoma. He began working for a law firm that specialized in regulations affecting the trucking industry. When this industry was deregulated by the U.S. government, he found his law skills less marketable. He then made the decision to try to make a living doing work he really enjoyed, drawing and painting.
The book Imagination: The Art & Technique of David A. Cherry by David A. Cherry is a collection of his own work and description of his techniques. David Cherry was the Artist Guest of Honor at ConJosé, the 60th World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California in 2002. David has two children and lives and works near Dallas, Texas.

This art appears on the cover of the Crossroads Adventures novel Dragonfire, by Jody Lynn Nye, one of the very rare occasions of other authors writing in the world of Pern. According to David the cover is wrongly attributed to colleague Doug Beekman (who might have done the art for the other Crossroads Adventires volume Dragonharper) on the copyright page of the book.

Of the two Crossroads covers only this one appears in a David Cherry collectible card set published by FPG. On the back of card is written: "In Anne McCaffery's [sic!] Pern novels girls 'impress' gold dragons and boys 'impress' all the other colorsdragons. No one was more surprised than Mirrim when the hatchling dragon, Path, ignored the boys arrayed for her, choosing instead Mirrim, who had been sitting watching the hatching of the baby dragons. The situation caused much controversy. Mirrim and Path, however, are quite pleased. No one can seperate a dragon from their companion once both are impressed."

© Copyright 1995 by David A. Cherry, all rights reserved.
The art is available as a digital download as part of the Legendary Visions set on this page of the Second Nature software website.


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