Joan Waites is an award-winning author-illustrator with more than 45 titles published for the children’s trade and educational markets, including A Colorful Tail: Finding Monet at Giverny and A Purr-fect Painting: Matisse’s Other Great Cat. A former adjunct faculty member of the Corcoran Museum's school of art and design for their aspiring-artists programs, she continues to teach art for children and adults. Joan is a member of the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, and the National Art Education Association and previously served as the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI illustrator coordinator. Joan lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Visit her at or follow her on Instagram at @joanwaites.​

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