fifth generation Californian, Toland was born in Berkeley
in September 1949, the son of a career CIA Officer and
an artist/teacher. His childhood was spent in California,
Taiwan, the Washington, D.C. area, and Athens,Greece,
where he spent five years and graduated from high school
in 1967.For a couple of summers he worked with the Agency
and earned his B.A. Phil.from Colorado College in 1971.
Always having been drawn to the arts and independence,
Toland started working in stained glass in 1977, adding
glass blowing in 1984, and settling into glass sculpture
in 1986. Entirely self-taught, he has steadily sought
to express his aesthetic in a purer form. Ever innovative,
he thrives on creativity, striving to express his sense
of drama and beauty while playing with technical ideas.
work has been shown in galleries in the U.S.and Europe.
His work is in collections around the world. He won the
"Art in Public Spaces Award" in 1988 and was
a guest artist at Artpark in New York the same year. Commissions
have been completed for NYNEX, IBM, Chubb Life,UPS and
others as well as for many individual collectors.
an artist I come from a sense of design and an aesthetic
which is purely artistic. The places I have lived and
the wide variety of cultures I've experienced have undoubtedly
given me a sense of life's possibilities and richness
and I celebrate that. I have no message or outrage to
convey.It comes simply from my interior - whatever is
there, conscious or unconscious.I don't try to analyze
it. I believe in the sensibilities of the individual-
I create what I enjoy and enjoy what I create. Glass is
for me the perfectmedium because it has it all: dimension,
clarity, color, opacity, reflectivity,and environmental