Dabney Mahanes was born in Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Graphic Arts, worked as an illustrator for McGraw Hill, and did free lance advertising and book illustration while married and raising three children. She now lives in Greenville, South Carolina where she has furthered her studies in art at Clemson and Furman University. She works out of her own studio at 5 Smith Street in the Village Art District as a professional artist and has exhibited her art in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and France.