Dablow earned a BS at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point (1969). In 1974 he completed an MA and an MFA at the University of Iowa.
Since 1976 he has been teaching at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, first as an assistant professor and, since 1979, as an associate professor. He also taught at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1974-76).
He won the Best of Show Prize in Painting at the Wausau Art Festival in Wisconsin (1969). He was also given a Purchase Award in Painting by Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point, Wisconsin (1968).
He belongs to SPE and Friends of Photography.