Whilst studying at the University of Leeds Thorley found a getaway from the
city in the form of a small wooded valley that lead you out of the built up
urban environment into the Yorkshire countryside. The dense foliage of the
trees blocked out the sounds and skyline of the city providing the perfect retreat.
Thoreley carefully applies layer upon layer of oil paint, recreating the dappled
sun of the forest canopy with the aim to immerse the viewer within the forest,
creating an area to escape everyday life.