Chrysanthemum, aka Song of Mum in Autumn
Virginia "Diddie" Hensley (1920-1983) was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Hensley moved to New York City where she met Diana Kan, a Chinese artist from Shanghai. For the next seventeen years, Hensley studied closely with Kan mastering calligraphy and watercolor. Hensley also studied with Sue Fuller, a sculptress who invented string composition. Hensley moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 1980. She was a very active member of the Asheville Art Museum where she exhibited her paintings numerous times. In honor of Hensley, her family created a scholarship for art students at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.