TRIBUTES have been paid to popular St Ives artist Lucie Bray who police have confirmed was found washed ashore on a North Cornwall beach.
Lucie, 39, had been missing from home in St Ives since Wednesday January 2 after a shopping trip to Redruth.
Her disappearance sparked immediate concern amongst friends and loved ones and a Facebook appeal to help find the painter was shared by more than 3,000 people.
But last Wednesday Devon and Cornwall Police announced the body of a woman had been found on a beach in Constantine Bay.
And on Monday Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that Lucie had been formally identified.
Friends have talked about a quiet person who was heavily involved in her community and contributed a lot to the current campaign for a Neighbourhood Plan for St Ives.
But Truro-born Lucie, who grew up in Helston and Marazion, was perhaps most widely known for her art.
Her distinctive outdoor studio – a white tent on Porthmeor Beach – was a familiar sight in St Ives.
In December 2012 Lucie moved into one of the famous Porthmeor Studios where she was able to work on larger paintings.
These were included in her exhibition at the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, in May 2013.
Friends talk of her painting spontaneously from nature and having a love of the landscape and seascape - her paintings reflecting the constantly changing light and tides of the Cornish coast.
Ylenia Haase, director of the New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives said: “Lucie was a naturally gifted painter of the coast where she was born and raised, and a lovely young woman. Her death is a very great loss to the arts community of St Ives and all of us who knew her.”
After a foundation course at Falmouth School of Art, Lucie took a degree in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art.
In 2007 she moved to St Ives with her partner, Morag Robertson, who was voted onto St Ives Town Council last year.
As well as her painting, Lucie was actively involved in the local community, including the St Ives Jumbo Association’s project to build and sail traditional Cornish fishing boats.
Friend Alban Roinard said: “Lucie was someone who was quiet but very present. She was keen to make things happen. She contributed a lot to the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan and was very involved with community life.”
Lucie’s partner Morag Robertson said: “I would like to thank the emergency services, and the police in particular, who have shown great sensitivity and respect for both Lucie and me.
“I also thank all our friends, in St Ives and beyond, who have been so supportive and who I know will be a support to me in future.”
On Tuesday Devon and Cornwall Police issued a thank you to the public for their efforts in trying to find Lucie while she was missing.