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Bridget Watson Payne

Bridget Watson Payne is a writer, artist, and art book editor. She is the founder of Open Studio, a shared work, learning, and retail space in San Francisco. 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 over 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 serves on the board of Bay Area Women in Publishing, is a Senior Mentor for Representation Matters, and helps facilitate Chronicle Books’ Diversity and Inclusion Group. She has taught at Handcraft Studio School, the ICON Illustration Conference, on CreativeLive, and elsewhere; spoken at the Book Manufacturer’s Institute, California Library Association, San Francisco Writer’s Conference, California College of the Arts, and many more; and served on juries for the Society of Illustrators, The Center for Photography Editor’s Choice Awards and others. 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 her first art show at San Francisco’s Rare Device in 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.