From music to painting, and now showbiz, local artist Doug Giebelhaus is a bit of a triple threat.
The former professional musician with a metal/pop-rock background hung up his guitar for paintbrushes about three years ago.
Now painting figurative work in acrylic, Giebelhaus unexpectedly found himself as a TV show extra several weeks ago.
Giebelhaus had been taking some photos of a Chesapeake Shores scene as inspiration for a painting when, a few minutes after taking the photo, he was asked if he wanted to be an extra in that same scene.
In the coming season of the show, he’ll be seen right behind the pair of people who are the subjects of his painting.
The piece, featuring two women holding lanterns, can now be seen at The Gallery at Qualicum Art Supply along with some of Giebelhaus’ other work. Before it was hung, the painting — and Giebelhaus — were loaned out for another Chesapeake Shores scene.
This time, Giebelhaus had found a posting on a Vancouver Island extras Facebook page asking for artists and artisans to be extras in a Chesapeake Shores scene in early July, he said.
He decided to contact the casting director, and send along a picture of his painting.
“They loved it,” he said. “They actually rewrote a scene to fit it in. It was just amazing, I couldn’t believe it.”
Giebelhaus, his lantern painting and some of his other work will be part of a market scene in the show’s upcoming season, he said.
The Parksville-based artist has another story to go with one of his paintings.
Giebelhaus has hanging at TOSH a painting of Flyin’ Phil St. Luke from last year’s Canada Day Parade.
His first attempt at that painting is at The Gallery at Qualicum Art Supply.
Giebelhaus said he plans to sell prints of the painting to raise funds for a bronze statue of St. Luke that he and others are speaking with the city about creating. They’ve been busy collecting signatures in support of the project as well.
Asked how he chooses his subjects, Giebelhaus said he’s looking for magic.
“What I like to do with paintings, I take my camera around wherever I go, and I like to capture real moments in time, not posed type pictures, because there are a lot of just great moments,” he said. “And you take a lot of pictures and sometimes you just get this magical element in the photo, and then work that into a painting.”