Best Mates (John Stainton & Puss Puss)
About the artwork and sitter
John Stainton is a Brisbane-based Australian TV-industry legend. He created Steve Irwin’s popular nature documentary television series, The Crocodile Hunter. He produced and directed every episode, as well as the spin-offs, Croc Files and The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, and the MGM movie, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course. John is also a co-founder of Eat Street Northshore and creator owner of Rangelands Outback Camp.
John Stainton’s close friendship with Steve Irwin is well documented. What is perhaps lesser known, is the special bond that exists between John and his best mate, a cat named Puss Puss. This portrait is an attempt to capture the essence of that relationship between John and the love of his life.
About the artist
Lars Vester is a Danish-born artist living in Brisbane, working predominantly in the medium of oils. He has won several art prizes, and was hung in the BPP 2020 Salon des Refuses.