Hailing from the bustling fishing town of Kilkeel in Co.Down, Jacqueline spent her childhood summers climbing the Mourne Mountains and paddling in the sea at Cranfield beach. These memories have no doubt heavily influenced her desire to paint.
From the moment she was able to hold a pencil, she was drawing everything she saw around her which lead her to complete a degree in Fine Art and Education in 2000.
After the birth of her two sons in recent years, Jacqueline realised that anything was possible if you put your heart and soul into it. She took the leap of faith from the security of her busy career as Head of Art in a large secondary school to pursue her ultimate dream to paint full time. She immersed herself in motherhood and focused on her own art (between naps and nappies!)
Jacqueline’s artwork has been described as vibrant, emotive and atmospheric and she draws inspiration from the stunning landscapes and coast of our beautiful country. She is passionate about light and colour and this is portrayed in each and every painting.
Throughout her life, Jacqueline’s love for Art & Interiors has been evident in so much of her work. She studied interior design alongside art and loves to twin her knowledge of both to advise clients on the best piece of her art to complement and enhance their home.
So often she meets clients who love art but need advice and guidance on how it will fit their decor and colour schemes. Jacqueline will happily tailor a painting to suit a particular style or interior so that the two work in perfect harmony together.
She is actually currently working on a very personal project renovating an old house and using her passion for Art & Interiors to create the perfect forever home for her family. Follow her journey on @renovatingcherryhill on Instagram.
Jacqueline’s work can be viewed on her website, www.jacquelinerooney.com, in Made In Mourne in Kilkeel, Painted Earth in Newcastle and Studio Souk in Belfast.
Private viewings can be arranged by appointment in her studio in Rostrevor, Co. Down.
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