b. 1954James Brereton is a specialist in marine painting. His paintings show a meticulous attention to detail in his portrayal of sailing ships and boats alongside beautiful seascapes and sunsets. James Brereton was born in Derby and studied at the Joseph Wright School in Derby. He decided to concentrate on marine painting at a young age, becoming a professional artist in 1979. His main influences are Thomas Somerscales, Montague Dawson and Charles Dixon. He has exhibited widely in England, including the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London. His works are illustrated in Denys Brook-Hart's book on Twentieth Century Marine Paintings.