Gabriela Denny Segura FRSA was born in Spain in 1972 and has lived and travelled extensively around Europe and America. She was classically trained as a painter in Florence at the Cecil Graves Studio in 1990/1 and subsequently at the Charles H. Cecil Studio from 1999 to 2002. Following a degree in Art History at the University of Edinburgh, she worked full time with John Ward CBE RA in his studio near Canterbury from 1995 to 1997 as his assistant and apprentice. During the summers of 1999 and 2000, she assisted John Ward and Gordon Davies with the Millennium Mural at Challock Church, near Canterbury.

In 2000 she was selected as a Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholar by the Royal Warrant Holders Association and was awarded a scholarship by the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Canada. These awards permitted her to return to Florence to specialise in Portraiture. After a few years spent in London painting in her studio and for a time teaching at the London Atelier of Realist Art, she now divides her time between Spain and the UK.


2010 "Artists for Africa" - Special Charity Exhibition at the Oakham Gallery, London, in aid of The Friends of Africa Foundation

2009 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

2009 Queen Elizabeth Scolarship Trust Scholars Exhibition, GTC, London

2008 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London Selected by Bob Benton and Robin Morgan

2008 "Still-Life", Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden

2008 "Gallimaufray"and "Still-Life", Highgate Fine Art, London

2007 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London Selected by Charles Saumarez Smith

2005 "Gabriela Denny Segura, Scott Pohlschmidt and Ann Witheridge", Shepherd Market, London W1

2003 "Ann Witheridge and Gabriela Denny Segura", Shepherd Market, London W1.

2001 Charles H. Cecil 10th Anniversary Show, Paul Mitchell Gallery, London

notable commissions

2004 Dr. Donald Rees, Warden, Hugh Stuart Hall, University of Nottingham

2000 Rt. Rev. Crispian Holllis, Bishop of Portsmouth

1999, 2000 Millenium Mural, Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Challock, near Canterbury, assistant to John Ward CBE and Gordon Davies


2002 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

2000 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship awarded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association

2000 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

2000 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts


2000-2002 Charles H. Cecil Studio, Florence

1995- 1997 Assistant and Apprentice to John Ward CBE

1994, 1995 Charles H. Cecil Studio, Florence

1990- 1991 Studio Cecil-Graves, Florence

The teaching method employed at the studios in Florence is based on Nineteenth Century Atelier Practices of drawing casts and Nudes. Students are taught to depict the subject to scale using the sight-size method, whereby the drawing is set up so that the subject appears the same size as the rendition when viewed together from a specific distance. This technique is also used in painting casts, nudes and portraits but is seldom taught in art school today.


1991-1995 History of Art, MA (Hons), University of Edinburgh

1981-1990 Bedales School