Bridget shares her personal and professional journey, about choosing when to say yes or no, about the complexities of grief and about how to navigate the different chapters of life. She reminds us that: we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be
About the speaker
Bridget Watson Payne is a writer, artist, and art book editor at esteemed independent publishing house Chronicle Books. Over fifteen years in publishing, she has collaborated with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality.
Bridget 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, and several others. 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, on CreativeLive, and elsewhere; spoken at Alt Summit, HOW Design Live, 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, Minnesota Public Radio, Raise Your Hand Say Yes, Cup of Jo, Shondaland, and Women Who Draw, among others.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
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Art is an engine of empathy. — Bridget Watson Payne
From losing my mother, I've learned to stop. To allow more room for tenderness - towards others and towards my own self. — Bridget Watson Payne
You really can get pretty far on audacity alone. — Bridget Watson Payne
What brought you joy as a child is maybe exactly what you should be doing as an adult. — Bridget Watson Payne
Our power lies in designing our lives for ourselves on our own terms. — Bridget Watson Payne