When Mom was a little girl, she had a picture in her head of what God looked like, and she thought everybody else had this same picture of Him. In Mom's head, God looked tall and thin and old, and he wore a white powdered wig, just like George Washington did. God stood up in the clouds, which was where Heaven was, and in front of Him there was a conveyor belt. Everyone said that God made babies, and Mom knew that people made things by putting all the parts together. So she figured that God had lots of parts of babies on his conveyor belt, and He put them together, and that's how He made babies.
So Mom went and asked her mom, my Grandma Helen, why the picture in the encyclopedia was all wrong. And Grandma Helen said it was because God was a spirit, so nobody really knew what He looked like. And in fact, He didn't look like anything at all, because you can't really see a spirit. But people imagined Him in all sorts of different ways. This was kind of a hard idea for a little girl who was maybe 7 or so at the time to understand, but eventually Mom stopped thinking of God as a tall, thin man with a powdered wig.
Well, I got to wondering what other pictures people had made of God, even though He can't really be seen. I am just talking about the God of the Jews and Muslims and Christians. There are tons of other gods, and people have made lots of pictures of them, but I don't have time to talk about them all, so I have to set some boundaries, as Mom's therapist would say.
A lot of people believe that God created the earth and all the animals and everything else in it. So God shows up in many pictures as The Creator.