BETTIE/ PETRA - WONDER WOMEN - The WAU Project
"Riina Laine is a visual magician! I was immediately excited when I was asked to take part in Wonder Women - the WAU Project. I could do something for the good cause that is close to my heart, and as a bonus, I'd get to follow a world champion working. However, I didn't have a clue how special the whole process would be.
Riina had intuitively chosen a background kanga for me that felt like totally mine - roses, red and white, and a bit slavic-like. As a painter myself, I understand how challenging it is to work to achieve the illusions on these works, and I was really impressed when I began to see the little pieces of me blending to the background. When the painting was done, I wouldn't have wanted to wash it off, especially the roses around my eye and on my chest.
I hope from the bottom of my heart that this project gets the attention it deserves and that many people get a chance and find the courage to be painted by Riina. The experience was physically hard but at the same time amazing and meditative. I can't wait to for the end result and to see it side by side with the other pieces of this series."
PETRA INNANEN/ BETTIE BLACKHEART
Visual and burlesque artist