"Rima Staines, a talented British artist, has experimented with portraying different images of Baba Yaga, Red Riding Hood's grandmother, and the witch in "Hansel and Gretel." To her mind, they are all related and part of one deity. The old woman 'appears as an incarnation of the crone of winter aspect of the female deities of old. She is the carrier of wisdom, the guardian of the life and death gates, the overseer of the cold months, and the stewardess of the story...her appearance in orally passed down fairy tales seems to stress the importance of story for gaining and nurturing wisdom.'"
-Jack Zipes, The Irresistible Fairy Tale