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By Nomi Melul Ohad, illustrator of Purple Leaves, Red Cherries and mother of two.

Nine months pregnant with my first child, I found myself working long hours in the design department of a national newspaper.

I couldn’t sustain this lifestyle as a mother. But would I ruin my career if I gave up all that I had created for myself in the industry?

Motherhood came and revealed new emotions in me. I needed to express myself without boundaries. I returned to painting. It was my passion.

I poured onto canvas and wood the words I could not speak.

I worked around my baby, creating a flexible work schedule and opening my own studio.

Ten years on, I expertly juggle my studio time with looking after my children’s needs.

And I know that it is motherhood that freed my creative spirit and allowed me to become the artist I am today.

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