Typically, collie art shows these large animals outside in rural areas or around their human companions. These works are generally inspirational or heart-warming in nature and are highly popular among large dog art enthusiasts and pet lovers. Edward Hooper's collie artwork 'Cape Cod Evening' depicts a frisky collie romping in front of an estate house, where it seems to embody the fresh attitudes and joy of living that are often used to characterize this breed in dog canvas art. This nature is seen again in the family dog print by Arthur Elsley called 'The New Dress' where the line between child and canine blurs.
While there are some canine pop art artists who have tackled the subject of collies, like Coolidge or Sally Evans, most artists choose to depict these large pooches in a traditional manner. Collie art is actually one of the main categories that make up what most people consider fine art featuring canines.