“Walk Together Children,” one of her two airport artworks, incorporates used fabric in a nod to a way of life where little was wasted. (Non-digitally produced artworks in the airport mural program were photographed and digitally reproduced to scale.) It celebrates children as our future while connecting to the Charlotte of yesteryear, from old shotgun houses to an abundance of greenspace and wildlife.
Ashford, a self-taught folk artist in her 70s, grew up in the Oakdale area in western Mecklenburg County.
Her artwork is often inspired by memories of her past. Much of the cloth used to dress the people in her artwork reflects real-life experiences.