Ms. Toland earned her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology as a painting major in 1975. She attended graduate school at Montana State University from 1980 – 83 majoring in both painting and theater arts, and following 9 years in Philadelphia, returned to live in Montana in 1994. She teaches students of all ages in schools, at the Holter and at Carroll College. She has done conservation work since 1985 and has repaired numerous maps for the Montana Historical Society. She has been awarded 2 Myrna Loy grants for artists, an Innovation grant through the MT Arts Council in 2009, and a Gottlieb Foundation grant in 2005. Her artwork work is in public and private collections regionally and nationally.
For some time my work has been focused on the interface between human activity and the natural world. Whether it’s massive oil spills, rapid polar melting, desertification or unrestricted growth, our impact is extreme. This planet is our only home, and needs to be treated with care. I transform these events or concerns into abstract compositions by using images, color, line and shape to express those feelings. For the last six years I have been making woodblock prints. Their potential for bold, graphic images or subtle overall pattern is compelling. I create the large two dimensional prints through collage and reconstruction. In both my paintings and prints I work in a layered, additive and subtractive way which allows me to build a complexity of related images.