Toland was born outside of Philadelphia and now lives in Vaughn, Washington. She received her MFA from Montana State University in 1981. Tip is a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in the Seattle area. In addition, she conducts workshops across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 2014, Portland Art Museum presented a solo exhibition of Toland’s work in their Apex gallery.
Her work is represented in both private and public collections, including Yellowstone Art Museum, Archie Bray Foundation, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Kohler Art Center, Nelson Atkins Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, the Crocker Museum, the St Petersburg Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has received numerous awards, most notably a United States Artist Award in 2014.