about toni ross

We shall not cease from exploration 

And the end of all our exploring 

Will be to arrive where we started 

And know the place for the first time.


From Little Gidding V, T. S. Eliot


Toni Ross was born and raised in New York City. She attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where she studied fine arts and graduated in 1979 with a BA in film studies. Toni’s life has taken many paths. Several years after graduating from Wesleyan, Toni serendipitously developed a friendship with Elaine de Kooning who mentored Toni in drawing and painting over the course of many years. Setting off for Italy to further her artistic education, Toni fell in love with Rome, spending much of her time in museums, studying, drawing and learning Italian. Once back in the United States, Toni and her husband, restaurateur Jeff Salaway, embarked on opening a series of restaurants on the East End of Long Island and New York City where Toni was both partner and pastry chef. In 1997 Toni re-committed herself to her artwork full time.


Toni’s work often reflects a deep interest in what lies within, what is seen and unseen and in what has come before. Her work seeks to find the balance between chaos and control exuding both powerful energy and meditative calm. There is an ancient quality to her textured and layered artworks that invoke relics of a past heretofore unknown. Toni’s recent work consists of grouped and individual sculptures, as well as works on paper, that often include clay, graphite, pastel and collage. Toni completed several private commissions in 2013: one in Long Island, NY the other in San Francisco, CA. Her works are included in the private collections of Jack Lenor Larsen of Long House Reserve, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Linda Schlenger, Annaliese Soros, and Alice and Tom Tisch among others.


Toni lives and works in Wainscott, NY with her children Noah and Sara and their dogs, George and Gracie.