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I'm a Christian Artist using the Fish Symbol "Ichthys"

Updated on February 26, 2017

My personal story ~

When I first was diagnosed with cancer in 1990, I thought that perhaps I would die, seeing that both of my parents passed from cancer, just at the age of 60.

God had spared my life, and this started me to think about my life's purpose. How could I use my life to express gratitude to the Lord for all He's done for me, and acknowledge my Faith? Seeking an answer, I prayed about it.

I also thought about...who am I, who were my forefathers? I became very interested in my genealogy...especially since I had no parents to find out about the past.

When I researched my family history, I found that many of my past family members were good Christians with great values. They also included a few Artists, Philanthropists and European art collectors.

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Paris 2012
Paris 2012 | Source

It came to me ~

How I regretted not having painted more, not having expressed my inner belief and particular through my art...

I had prayed and asked God to show me what He wanted to do with my life, and one of the thoughts that came through daily was my art ability...I kept on getting these words in my head "God gave you a gift, the gift of expressing myself through the art medium" That's when I decide to paint again, even though I specialized in horses, I started to paint images of all animals and other subjects, including Plein Air painting.

Then also enjoying the opportunity in displaying my art in local Galleries, Shows, and the Library. I was accepted into various National art shows, including American Academy of Equine Art, Draft Horse Classic, Harness Track of America Auctions, Midwest Horse Fair and many more.

At this time I incorporated a small angel or cherub in my large paintings and signing my name with the Fish logo (Ichthys) I felt this was a way that I could "plant a seed" when someone asks what it is or what it means, and that I was not afraid to say, "I am a Christian"....this logo signifying my dedication to the Lord.

I also decided that my income from the sales of my art would be donated to Spreading the Word of God. I found "INTOUCH MINISTRY" and "THE WORD FOR THE WORLD, USA" the latter translating Bibles into different dialects in many languages. Then discovering other venues to donate my art the Local Veterans Chapter # 236 and Animal rescues ...I found my niche'!

Meanings ~

How this symbol was used

Ichthys(Greek:)also transliterated and latinized as ichthys, icthus, ichthus or ikhthus; ichthus, spelled: Iota Chi Theta Upsilon Sigma), is the Ancient and Classical Greek word for "fish." In English it refers to a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs resembling the profile of a fish, used by early Christians as a secret symbol and now known colloquially as the "Jesus fish." Ichthus (Greek for fish) is an acronym or backronym of "Jesus Christ, Son Of God, Savior"

Peace I leave with you

Peace I leave with you
Peace I leave with you | Source

A Creation out of tragedy

what I saw that day...

This painting was inspired the day of 9/11. I could not comprehend the inhumanity...a Bible verse and vision came to mind, hearing Jesus say; "Peace I leave with you" John 14:27

I needed to express myself and take that horrific day into a positive meaning. Well, at least for myself to control fear and negative thoughts. As I started to paint I had no idea what I was going to paint, all I know was the verse in my head. It evolved into this scene, expressing my feelings.

There are many things incorporated in the clouds, a small angle, a lamb and a white horse (you can not see these as they are very tiny and only the person who has the painting knows where they are. I gave this painting to a Texas woman who has a wonderful Ministry on horseback, her name is Crystal Lyons.

Symbols of both Faith's
Symbols of both Faith's

"Messianic Christian"

This "Messianic Christian" image is one of my favorites....look it up and read the meaning behind it. It represents both Faiths in a unique way...

Marilyn Todd-Daniels - Christian artist signs with the Ichthys

What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb


Originally Created 04/27/2007

Represents my Faith not Idolatry...explained

Having read many opinions on this Symbol or other Christian Symbols, I've come to the conclusion there are Christians that claim you are not a Christian if you believe or use them, they are considered idolatry, that they defy the Word of God and are paganism...however the symbols were established, it makes no difference.

Let me make this clear, I'm not associated with any man made Religion anymore. I am a Christian, a follower of Christ, believing in him and the forgiveness of sin and eternal life through him. I do not adore, believe it's Holy or make idol worship of a symbol, a statue or any man made object....that is Idolatry!

They are symbols that represent my faith and a reminder, just like the cross I wear...No more No less. Using it in my artwork is a great way for me to plant a seed and show my belief. By that I mean, when someone asks what the symbol represents...all I say is, it's a reminder of my faith in the Lord Jesus (the seed is planted, once you have heard His name...then it's ones choice after that) If a Christian recognizes it, they normally say, Oh you're a Christian and we have a bond.

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flower rainbow | Source

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I don't sign my name with the Christian symbol, but I sign my letters and notes to my kids with a cross drawn inside a heart. I do teach my Sunday School kids the meaning of the fish symbol and they think it's cool to be a part of the "club" that needed to meet in private.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Interesting lens. In my opinion, the early Christians must have used the fish symbol to signify what Jesus Christ instructed St. Peter and the other disciples to do. Since they were fishermen by trade, they also had to be "fishers of men". That was to be their mission.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @othellos: Thank you so much for the kind comment!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Even though I knew almost everything about 'ichthys' I couldn't stop reading your article. So beautifully done:=)

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @MariaMontgomery: Hi Mia, thanks for dropping by and commenting with a Pin...How nice, I really appreciate it!

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I'm back again visiting this beautiful lens. I wanted to read some of your lenses, but each one I opened, I had already "liked". So I have now pinned this one to one of my Pinterest boards.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @BLemley: when I did photography I had a stamp with my name and the Ichthys, but you can just sign your name and add it or trail is off your name like I do...Thanks for the visit and nice comment

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      Beverly Lemley 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thank you for informing me about signing artwork with the Sign of the Fish! When I see that, I will know what it means. I will have to learn how photographers are doing that! Thank you for a beautiful lens, and a beautiful story that came from your personal tragedy and grief. God is definitely using you to touch the lives of others and to spread His love and Word ~ Amen!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i am proud to be christian and thank you for sharing this beautiful lecture about the fish symbol. i knew about the fish representing christ.

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Wonderful lens!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      What a wonderful story and message. I have an artist friend who also signs all of her paintings with the fish symbol. Maybe I'll have to ask her about it.

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Cool lens. I love the icthus. I used to attend a Bible study called that. It's always had a special place in my heart. I just got back from Israel too and love the Messianic one as well. Got a shirt with that on it. :)


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      YsisHb 7 years ago

      Your story is very touching. I am glad that you have overcome your illness and all this energy has sprung from you. I am also surprised that you know the word Icthys and its meaning in Greek.

      Keep doing your good work. Times are difficult and we really need the Grace of God.

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      Pat Goltz 7 years ago

      I often sign my comments on art sites with "Soli Deo Gloria". This is Latin for "To God alone the Glory." I use the fish symbol on my emails sometimes. Occasionally I put a Bible verse on one of my images. I could well do all of this more often. I will write a lens about my art, and then I'd love to join your group.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Symbols are a wonderful way to express ourselves in art and design. I am learning to be more and more artistic myself.

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      Pastor Kay 7 years ago

      I love that you add the Ichthys to your signature!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      When God gives us a gift, as he has given you, then you can spread Love through that gift. it is good to see the explanation for the sign of the fish. Blessed by a Squid Angel today :)

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      My daughter, who also had cancer at the age of 13, has a necklace with that Messianic Christian symbol. It has special significance.

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      GuyB LM 7 years ago

      Great information. Your lenses are always fantastic and bring me much joy. Thanks, thumbs up

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      A beautiful and powerful symbol and 5* lens

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      jolou 8 years ago

      I always appreciate lenses on the topic of Christianity. Love your lens.

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      KaraLynnRussell 8 years ago

      I think it is a wonderful idea to form a group for Christian artists. As a writer I have been fortunate to be published by a small Christian publisher and to have made many friends among the authors published there. We all pray for and encourage one another. This sort of support - for faith as well as creativity - is priceless.

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      GodOnMyMind 8 years ago

      Great Lens! Love your art!

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      AlltothegloryofGod 8 years ago

      An acronym/backronym, hm? Neat. :)

      Wasn't it also used in the following way? :

      One Christian would draw one part,

      the other would draw the other

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      Jeanette 8 years ago from Australia

      The "Messianic Christian" symbol is one of my favourites too. My daughter has a necklace with one on it.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love seeing inspirational lenses that share the word of God on Squidoo. I drop verses in my lenses everywhere I can. My most prized picture at home is the one of Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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      Natalie W Schorr 9 years ago

      Very nicely done lens! I use the fish coming out of my head in my bio picture; an odd interpretation for Christian thoughts.

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      monarch13 9 years ago

      Faved. 5 stars. Lensrolled and come join the Symbolism and Design Group.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Beautiful! Our talent is a gift from God and should be used to glorify Him. I know I don't do that enough. There's no time like the present to change a habit...

      Have a beautiful day.


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      ideadesigns 9 years ago

      Awesome lens! It's a bookmark, I love inspired christian art.

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      Anthonyaa 9 years ago

      Somehow I knew you were blessed of God. You are loved dearly. God strengthens and promotes you in the name of the Lord.

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      unsinkablewoman 9 years ago

      I Want To Thank You For Inviting me to Join You And your Friends In Signing With A Christian Symbols, I Am A Christian Just Was Not Sure If My Art Was Good Enough To Sign That Way , I Would Be Happy To Do So from Now On,.. 5***** Great Lens Your Friend In All Things Big And Small,.. Bless You

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      Delia 9 years ago

      thanks what a nice thing to say! star rating u must log in! go to my new lens [in reply to soc2661]

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I very much enjoyed reading your lens and I feel inspired. I have been an artist since I was a young child, but unfortunately the demands of every day life have taken over my life and I rarely find time to express my gift as I would like to. I do work with my hands and build things for people, so I do put my creativity into much of my work. I recently had a ball making a great costume. Anyway, love the lens and would like to communicate more, I have lots of questions about how I might sell some of my work if I get started with my drawings and paintings again. How do I give a 5* rating?

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      familychristian 9 years ago

      Cool lens. I rated your lens 5 stars. God Bless. Sandy & Gary Family Christian Media.

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      dianadavis_3 9 years ago

      Hi Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus

      Thank you for visiting my lens I am still working on it lol I pushed the wrong button

      on the computer and there it went published. Its so nice to meet you.I have a gift for you

      and your visiters.Be Blessed Diana

      oh yeah thanks for the 5 star rating Bless you this is one lens I don't want to miss

      I will be back again I faviored it Love you in Jesus

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      OldGrampa 9 years ago

      Hello d-artist what a nice lens you have created here, very inspiring and beautiful

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      LarryBass LM 9 years ago

      Great Lens d-artist! I've been a lover of that ichthy symbol for years. It's so neat to find this much, cool, inspired, information about it.

      Jesus Rules!


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      unsinkablewoman 9 years ago

      I Love This Lens And I Also Am A Beginning Artist

      I Gave you 5* Thanks

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      Valerie Anne Kell 9 years ago

      Absolutely love the painting(goes without saying)'s a goose bumps painting(straight from upstairs) lol!! thank you soooo much for the Ichthys..lovin' it..put it on all my web sites..gotta about 20 now hehe!! getting the Word out there..artists are the grandchildren of God xx ;) Val hugzz xoxo

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      Valerie Anne Kell 9 years ago

      Love the fish symbol.. being a Christian piscean..s'pose I would lol !! ;0 Val hugzz

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      Valerie Anne Kell 9 years ago

      Always such a pleasure to meet another artist, and Christian, really amazing lens haven't even started to read it all yet but will!! God bless ... ;) Val hugzz

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      SherryHolderHunt 9 years ago

      Oh, I forgot, rolled this lens to the lens about me, hope that is okay.

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      SherryHolderHunt 9 years ago

      Lovely lens. I don't sign my paintings with this symbol, maybe I should. I'll have to pray about it. I love to paint Bible Story Illustrations. Anyway, 5*s and favorited.

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      eccles1 10 years ago

      Good Lens Nice work !!

      Having a personal one on one relationship with God is what Jesus was teaching he said' know the truth and the truth will make you free' I have a duel going on check it out the question is ' Did Jesus question God at his 'end'?:)

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      dtbs 10 years ago

      interesting lens! thanks for sharing this info! please check mine out at----------------> Kava Kava.

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      CapeMan LM 10 years ago

      It's great to see a Christian artist who wants to glorify God in her work! Keep doing so!

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      GeminiSky 10 years ago

      Beautiful work! It's funny because soon after I was saved I started making Ichthys fish pendants.

      Divine Jewels

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      lens4Him 10 years ago

      Nice to see someone else who is proud to share their faith on Squidoo, we are growing in number.

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      demer98 10 years ago

      Talented & Gifted..... nice work.

      God Bless :0)

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      Jeff Wendland 10 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Beautiful paintings, blessings.

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      driewe 10 years ago

      Inspiring art, 5 stars

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      Achim Thiemermann 10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you for your inspiring presence on Squidoo, Delia. 5*s for your work AND your personality.

      Another "Kraut" - Achim (Chef Keem)

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      shirtdude 10 years ago

      thank you for contacting me, and telling me that my contact was turned off, to be honest being so new i do not know the diffrence and what the on and off means on this feature, if you could let me know, and i do enjoy your work

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      shirtdude 10 years ago

      i love your fish logo, my art is photography, and have a t-shirt company, i would love to use this logo on my business cards, i already have a cross on my card but i like this one better. however i will not use your logo until you give me permision to do so. blessing to you, paul

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      AMK LM 10 years ago

      I read this eariler and forgot to comment. Nice lens. Read the one about the castle in Germany too:)

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      Retired-Cop 10 years ago

      Your work is an inspiration! God, is a God of the living, He is not a God of the dead. Your paining on 9/11 reveals that prophecy.

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      AMK LM 10 years ago

      Knowing the painter, makes the painting come alive! knowing the author makes the book come alive, Knowing GOD!!!! Well, You probably know the answer to that one:) Thankyou for your feedback and your testomony!

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      BarbosaArt 10 years ago

      Wonderful Lens! 5 Stars and a lensroll. God Bless...Talk to you soon!

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      Senora M 10 years ago

      Very cool lens. Thanks for sharing!! God bless you!! <>

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      krisManuel 10 years ago

      Hey Delia, thanks for the good read. 5-stars!

      If you have time, visit my lens Your Health and Freedom. Thanks and have a Happy Holidays!

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      wildrosetreasure 10 years ago

      Geat lens. Added you to my lens roll.

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      marlene3 10 years ago

      I really enjoy your testimony. Great lens, graphic

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      Gatsby LM 10 years ago

      5* fight the good fight stay the course and keep the faith. Best Natural Dog Food

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      Some people do not think Jesus heals today. Yes he does. 5* Dog Whisper Woman

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      Kabsannie 10 years ago

      Hi, this is a great lens. I do graphic design, photography, and fractals. I love Christian art! I gave this 5 stars. Feel free to stop by my lenses as they pertain to art and design. I think you may find them interesting. Kathie

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      ellenmaze 10 years ago

      I think this is a great site! There is no other name by which we can be saved so I am happy to exalt our Savior Yeshua HaMoshiach (Jesus Christ in English) with my brothers and sisters in Messiah! Keep the faith and let's paint until His return :-). Love to you all in His name, ellen <>

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      anonymous 10 years ago


      Thanks for sharing your testimony! I also enjoyed the Sunmaid story. Thanks also for signing my guestbook at Seeking Him In All Things!

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      KimGiancaterino 10 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. ~ Kim

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      Forgiven 10 years ago


      I love this lens! 5 stars! I don't sign with an Ichthys but I did make one on my group page that I proudly display. Please consider adding this lens to my group CDI.

      God bless

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      CliveAnderson LM 10 years ago

      There is some highly interesting information here. Certainly is a really great lens. Better yet is its usefulness. I'm surprised I've not seen it on the SQUIDOO Zone in my Free Forum. 5 stars, Clive Anderson.

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      Minivan_Mama 10 years ago

      Such great info here. Thank you for putting this together. 5 stars!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Dear Delia,

      Thomas Kinkade signs every painting with the Christian Fish and the Biblical quote of John 3:16

      Please add my Squidoo link as Tom is a Christian Artist.

      Bright Blessings !

      Karen at Karens

      Kinkade Art Store


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