Jo has an established and successful Public Art profile. She has created large-scale internal Digiglass walls as artwork for the Rehabilitation Building, Fiona Stanley Hospital WA (2010-13) and an expansive commission to produce an18m long painting and Digiglass artworks in collaboration with Rick Vermey for the new Supreme Court (Civil) Building in Perth CBD (2016).
While her paintings reference places of the real – the coastal reefs of Western Australia for example - they are also about inhabiting places of the imagination, more related to the immersion of the body moving through underwater worlds than about landscape.
Darbyshire aims to evoke the seduction and apprehension experienced when swimming, through water, through dreams. Her paintings evoke fluid worlds, exquisite realms that hover on the edge of familiar and safe, threatening and the unknown. The folding and collapsing of space, the use of the ornate and obscure and the desire for illumination, beauty and mystery are perhaps most closely attuned to transgressive neo-baroque influences.
Her artwork is held in all major public institutions in WA, private collections nationally and internationally including corporate collections of BankWest Collection, Royal Perth Hospital, Crown, Wesfarmers, Torridon Partners and Minter Ellison.