May Reisz earned a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History from Penn State University, with additional studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She taught art in public schools, as well as at Lesley College, Wittenberg University, and North Eastern Illinois University. Since moving to South Carolina in 1992, she has won awards in the South Carolina and Southern Watercolor Societies, as well as a Best of Show in the South Carolina State Fair. Her works have been included in the NBSC Oil Painters Invitational Exhibit and Carolina Foothills Artisan Center. The University of South Carolina Sumter presented a one-woman show of her work in the spring of 2003.
“Many of the memories that most influence my paintings come from three years spent living in a small northwestern Pennsylvania farm community when I was between the ages of seven and ten. I didn't realize at the time that the scenes that surrounded me during those years would emerge again and again over a lifetime of painting. I cannot imagine removing those images from my memory; they are so integrated into the person I have become.
My sensitivity to nature has been further nurtured as an adult by the rugged coastline of Maine and the beauty of the constantly changing South Carolina marshland.”