An interest in the subconscious world runs through Davie’s work. This layered painting is an accumulation of spontaneously applied marks. The result is a picture in which line and colour no longer describe shapes but operate as autonomous pictorial elements. For Davie the separation of these elements from their traditional descriptive function required him constantly to paint over images until, almost by chance, he struck upon the right one. He described these as ‘rare magical moments when I was completely surprised and enraptured beyond all knowing’.