A Langley-raised artist is throwing her support behind efforts to buy the eastern parts of the McLellan forest in Glen Valley.
Sylvia Oates will donate 20 per cent of the sales from two new paintings towards the efforts by Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF) to buy the lands and create a park.
The paintings were on display when Oates opened her East Vancouver studio during the weekend's Eastside Culture Crawl.
Oates draws her inspiration from the West Coast environment, and these two paintings were inspired by an Oct. 20 trip to the forest.
Oates grew up in Langley, in the Willoughby neighbourhood when that area was still rural and connected to relatively wild areas.
WOLF has until Dec. 17 to raise a significant down payment for the $3 million price of the lands. If it can purchase the lots, it will be able to essentially turn them into a park, and preserve the trees.
If not, the lots will likely be sold to private individuals. The lands remain in the Agricultural Land Reserve.