I think sometimes it's good to volunteer to do something. In my case it usually has something to do with my art and this is why this whole fish thing has been happening. I've made seventy eight concrete fish this week for our church's Easter Sunrise Service. I looked up the meaning of the fish symbol and came up with this little fact. Although there were many other explanations, I kind of liked this one.
The theology of the Icthys symbol
The Greek letters that make of the word for fish are IXOYE, and they form an acronym that has also been associated with this symbol. Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter', which is translated as 'Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior'
I h s o u V - Jesus C r i s t o V - Christ Q e o u - God's U i o V - Son S w t h r - Savior
My art often begins with a single photograph, a reflection of my eye—an eye that is deeply attracted to the texture, pattern, and shape found in nature. Whether it is the intricate pattern on the bark of a tree, the gentle curve of a woman’s breast, or the smooth, shiny shapes of pebbles along the shores of Lake Superior, I seek to display the wonder of creation in its purest form.
From a single photograph, a single vision or impression, my art charts its own course. From photograph to canvas to sculpture, my hands become dirty, my fingernails caked with the mediums of art, and my heart becomes filled with joy as each piece blossoms, quite organically, into what it was meant to be.
I hope to help those who view my art to feel connected to nature. Perhaps it is not always obvious. But, quite possibly, the viewer will see in a new way and will feel a new appreciation for the organic elements around us.