In 1974 and 1975 Davie made a series of pieces on the theme of 'the studio.' 1975 was the first year that Davie spent the winter on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, where he would make drawings and gouaches which he would turn into oil paintings on his return to Britain. For 'The Studio' series, he made gouaches first and the oil paintings were developed from images in these works. They featured a collection of motifs and symbols placed in an interior (studio) environment. The animal that features is of no particular kind; it derives from drawings.