Born in Derby in 1954 James Brereton had a love and passion for art from a young age. He studied at the Joseph Wright Art School in Derby where he excelled in painting. Breretons success as a marine artist is shown through his love for the sea, something he nurtured whilst living on the English south coast. In addition to his passion for the ocean, his interest in the vessels of yesteryear brings a focus for painting nineteenth-century deep-water sailing ships. Notable for his exhaustive attention to detail his specialised work leads the field among contemporary marine artists. Brereton has been exhibited in the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and the West End. His work can be found in private collections in the UK, Belgium, The Oman, Japan and the USA.