Baba Yaga is a Slavic folklore character. She's both good and evil in different stories- in some, eating children, in others, helping lost travellers. She lives in a hut which has four chicken legs, and flies around on a giant mortar.
I appreciate your kind words, mate! I've been heavily inspired by some great Norwegian artists, like Adolph Tiedemand, Hans Gude and well - Theodor Kittelsen. They all portrayed Northern European nature in a mystical and... very moody way. Dramatic. Especially the Norwegian nature itself. I just love doing such works, dramatic works, because... I love the dramatic colours and the tones. I love the contrasts - the golden, vague light shining at the top of that little hillside - and then the darkness and creepiness of the woods. This technique is an old technique, used by one of art's greatest artists - and I just love using it, even though I am not fully able to handle it yet. I try.
Go check those artists out, mate, and you'll see what I mean. See the painting by Theodor Kittelsen illustrating the local legend of "Nøkken", the trollish monster living in a lake (which inspired me subliminally to create the Swamplord you like) I love his technique. It's SO mysterious. So moody. So masterfully done.
Anyways, enough with this rant - have a nice day, good Sir! Glad you liked it!