Laney is a fourth-generation native of the Rocky Mountains and received a bachelor's degree in advertising and book illustration from Denver University.
Following graduation, she spent several years as a professional illustrator. Moving to Dubois, Wyoming, in 1970, she began painting the wildlife of the northern Rockies.
Her paintings have been included in Wildlife Art for a New Century in 2000 and 2005, and in Western Visions since 1990. In 2009, one of her paintings was selected by the Wyoming Legislative Art Committee and now hangs in the Legislative Chambers in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Several of her paintings have been in Birds In Art. She is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and exhibits regularly in Art and the Animal.