Templeton’s work is inspired by the human condition, social justice issues, and the balance of private and public. Blurring the line between reserved intimacy and narcissistic exhibitionism – not just in the portrayal of subject matter, but also in the role of creator. Templeton relies heavily on the use of the human figure and interior environments to illustrate these concepts. Visually, he works almost exclusively in a realist and figurative aesthetic from direct observation.
Templeton approaches each work of art as a specific project with its own formula and solution. As such, his media spans nearly all methods of two-dimensional image making and frequently crosses into three dimensions. This approach to artmaking results in a wide variety techniques and media in the overall body of work: while some concepts require painting or printmaking, other concepts may require video or performance.