Renowned artist Grace Gardner, who set up home in Flushing almost 30 years ago, has died at the age of 93.

Born in Chicago, Grace was already an established artist when she moved to Cornwall in 1984 and became a firm friend of Falmouth Art Gallery and a key player in the Portscatho Arts Society.

Only weeks before her death on July 23, Grace had donated 13 works of art to Falmouth Art Gallery which included four of her own paintings and others by Roy Walker, Mary Mabbutt, Phillip Maurice Hill, Gill Watkiss, Paul Feiler, Patrick Houghton, Roy Ray and Bob Crossley.

Gallery director Louise Connell said: “Grace was a huge supporter of the art gallery and always found time for us. She had a sparkling wit and was very funny - we enjoyed her company immensely. She will be hugely missed.”

Although in her 90s, Grace continued to lead an independent life until the end and regularly enjoyed cruises to the Mediterranean, taking her paints with her to continue her work while on holiday.

She died after a short illness and her private funeral service will be held this week.