Visiting Norway, prompted by his Norwegian heritage, Champlin was exposed to the work of Edvard Munch. Munch's soulful intensity would later influence Champlin's approach to painting. Champlin has been working professionally as an artist since 1992 with his first exhibition in Memphis, TN, USA. In 1998, he predominately switched to oils as his medium of preference and marked a significant maturation of his style and content. Champlin has exhibited nationally and sold his artworks internationally and his painting has been featured on the cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine. He currently lives and works in the highlands of Maine.