When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.


Whatever fish symbolize for whoever, they stay close to my heart.

I go through phases where they appear and disappear in my art.

When researching their symbolism you will see how frequently they feature, from the earliest days in Mythology and Christianity to Spirit animals and Astrology.

No matter your point of view, they are just so damn special, don’t you think?!

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

Playful Fish Paintings:

I remember when I first started incorporating women holding fish into my work, my dad – a classic landscape artist, kept urging me to replace the fish with Aurum Lilies, but hard-headed as always I persisted.  It is so funny, thinking back at the situation, he could not understand those paintings.

This was years ago and still women holding fish form a large part of the art that brings me the most joy.

Fishes in my Art (7)
Fishes in my Art (7)

You might just “fish out” a Fish artwork that speaks to your heart when you visit my Shop page.

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Mariaan Kotze - Fishes in my Art

The Symbolism of Fish in My Art:

Fish make their appearance on my canvasses and other objects often, mostly uninvited but never unwelcome, as I love their symbolism.

For me, they symbolize so much, but above all adaptability and transformation.

Fish are said to symbolize fertility as life originated from water. Fish and water are so intertwined that it is no surprise they are so closely related to the water element, representing the deeper awareness of the higher self.

I sprinkle fish images to my art to attract growth, creativity, good luck, transformation, health, and abundance, all of which I want to attract to me, but I also want to send these beautiful messages to the homes these paintings are headed.

At the heart of my beliefs lies the law of attraction, thus I am very cautious of what I put in my art, what media I consume, and what I say. I am very fond of the symbol of the fish as it is believed to draw abundance. I want abundance in every area of my life. The thought of fish attracting it might sound a bit absurd, but I still enjoy painting them, and in my mind, they will bring luck!

I have a thirsty fish in me
that can never find enough
of what it’s thirsty for!

Show me the way to the ocean!



Whimsical Fish Sculptures:

As always, my art is not limited to canvas, it becomes precious sculptures, it decorates ceramic harses and wooden bowls. Anything paintable that crosses my path, become works of art.

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  1. You are so unbelievably talented and so creative…love how your mind works

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