Direct from Devon and Cornwall police
The search for missing Lucie Bray has been called off after a body washed up at Padstow.
The grisly find this week on Constantine Beach ends weeks of worry and a huge online and 999 search for the Helston based artist.
Lucie (pictured), aged 39, was reported missing on Thursday January 2 after going out on a shopping trip in Redruth.
Lucie was a seascape and landscape painter. She was a well-known member of the artistic community in St Ives, Cornwall.
She was born in Truro in 1974 and grew up in Helston and Marazion. After a foundation course at Falmouth School of Art, she took a degree in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art.
In 2007 she moved to St Ives with partner Morag Robertson. As well as her painting, Lucie was actively involved in the life of the local community, including the St Ives Jumbo Association’s project to build and sail traditional Cornish fishing boats.
Lucie’s love of nature and the landscape had deep roots and was very much part of her artistic practice. She loved to paint spontaneously from nature and her distinctive outdoor studio – a white tent on Porthmeor Beach – was a familiar sight in St Ives.
Lucie believed in ‘keeping the whole painting “live” until the closing seconds’ and her paintings vividly reflect the constantly changing light and tides of the Cornish coast. In December 2012
Lucie moved into one of the famous Porthmeor Studios where she was able to work on larger paintings. These were a high point of her exhibition at the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, in May 2013.
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.”
Ylenia Haase, Director of the New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives, said: “Since 2011 we have held annual exhibitions of Lucie’s work, all of which were incredibly well received. 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.”