Bridget Watson Payne

Bridget Watson Payne is a writer, artist, and art book editor. She is the author of the books How Art Can Make You Happy, The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up, This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram, and New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City, all from Chronicle Books. With fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry, she has collaborated as an editor with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. She has taught at Makeshift Society, the ICON Illustration Conference, and Sketchbook Skool; spoken at the Book Manufacturer’s Institute, California Library Association, California Writer’s Club, Photo Alliance, California College of the Arts, SPHERE, ARLIS NorCal, APA SF, ASMP NorCal, and RayKo Photo Center; reviewed portfolios at PhotoNOLA, Photolucida, and Review Santa Fe; and served on juries for the Society of Illustrators, Critical Mass, Something Personal, CENTER Editor’s Choice Awards and the Lucie Awards. Bridget has been featured on KTVU Mornings on 2, KATU TV Portland, Minnesota Public Radio, Prairie Public Radio, Raise Your Hand Say Yes, Publisher's Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cup of Jo, Design Crush, Swiss Miss, and Women Who Draw, among others. Her drawings have been featured in YOU Magazine, Shondaland, Little U magazine, Candy magazine, two Artists Take Action auctions, and the book I’d Rather Be Reading. She had for her first art show at San Francisco’s Rare Device in early 2018. Bridget is currently at work on three new books, to be released in 2019. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.