The 42-year-old artist lives in Rostrevor with husband Scott (43) and sons Finn (4) and Evan (3).
Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so what?
A: Before my boys were born I used to swim and run every week, but a very hectic schedule doesn't permit that at present. When they sleep, I paint. I burn a lot of energy running after them and do try to walk at least three times a week. It gives me a chance to savour the beautiful landscapes around my home. Putting my music on and enjoying the fresh air can be total therapy.
Q: What is the worst illness you've had?
A: I've been fortunate to have avoided serious illness so far, but my biggest health scare was finding a lump in my breast a few years ago. The doctor's reaction was swift and I was seen within a week. Thankfully the biopsy, scans and all results were clear, but it felt like the longest week of my life waiting to see the specialists.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: When I was younger my diet was shocking - I even had a 'goody cupboard' which was overflowing with chocolate treats. I try to maintain a fairly healthy diet now, especially after having children. I want to encourage good food habits with them from an early age. We do love pizza night once a week though and I think everything is fine in moderation. We go through about 30 bananas a week in our house! It's all about balance.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: Several - I have such a sweet tooth and a weakness for chocolate and coffee, but try to limit my intake of these as much as possible. Many evenings when the boys go to bed I'll indulge in a cup of tea and chocolate treat, though I'm finding I can't get away with these habits anymore and definitely need to be more disciplined. When I'm painting I love a coffee break. It helps me to reflect on what I'm creating and energises me to complete the art afterwards.
Q: Do you drink and smoke, and if so how much?
A: I have never touched a cigarette in my life and detest the smell of smoke - my parents smoked when I was young so thankfully this put me off. I'm partial to a few glasses of wine at the weekend. I used to be known for my legendary cocktail parties (pre marriage and children). My husband and I have also recently discovered a local Ruby Gin from Mourne Dew Distillery which is divine with ginger ale over ice. Wine and cheese nights are also a firm favourite on special occasions.
Q: Do you take any supplements?
A: I used to take them when I was pregnant but stopped after having the children. I keep meaning to take them again but still have a vitamin C tablet in my water every day.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: With two demanding, energetic little boys at my heels, it can be difficult to find time out opportunities. Besides art, music is another passion so I sometimes steal a moment to play my guitar or piano - the boys love music too so they try to join in.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: With me being a night owl and two very early rising sons (5.30am usually) I don't sleep enough. A lie-in would be 7am for me now. This is definitely something I need to improve on and one of the reasons for my passion for coffee. My husband is also a barista which helps.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: I try not to think about growing old and live for the moment. I firmly believe life is too short not to follow your dreams, which I'm now doing as a full-time artist. My two sons keep me feeling active and youthful. Staying positive and grateful for health and happiness definitely helps me to feel young.
Q: What is your go to product that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: Drinking lots of water and my Estee Lauder moisturiser both help me to feel better and brighter each morning.
Jacqueline has recently opened her new art studio in Rostrevor. Find out about her work at www.jacquelinerooney.com