However, Norman Rockwell wasn't the only artist to depict beagles as a rambunctious and adventurous playmate. The bright-eyed inquisitiveness and energetic nature of beagles is often epitomized in beagle art prints and is one of the reasons why this dog breed has had so much success in the art world. Because of these child-like qualities, beagle folk art frequently involves a young boy as the dog's human companion, such as in Jim Daly's painting 'The Conversation' where a boy sits in thought while a young beagle puppy looks on with equal parts playful encouragement and concern for its friend. For many American audiences, beagle folk art is reminiscent of childhood and rural living.
Because of its playful nature and illustrative symbolism, modern artists are able to explore different aspects of creative potential in their beagle art. In Stephen Fowler's canine illustration 'Beagle Golf Ball Co.', the subject of a young beagle balancing a golf ball on its nose communicates the innocent showmanship of childhood. Dean Russo also brings a playful mindset to his work, 'Beagle', although this vividly colored beagle pop art hints at the naughtiness of children being caught by long-suffering parents.