With work and family Kathy (Kathleen) Farabi had little time for art until in 1998 she was encouraged to enter the Visual Arts Degree programme at the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts, at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad as a part-time student. She graduated in 2003 with First Class Honours.
In 1987 Kathy became a teacher at the University School, Baker Street, St. Augustine. Throughout the years she taught Infants, Standard 1 and Standard 2 classes. In 2003, after obtaining her degree she was appointed as an art specialist to teach art throughout the school.
Kathy became a Baha’i in 1975, after an extensive period of personal investigation. The themes which inspire many of her paintings relate to the beautiful teachings and principles revealed in the Writings of the Baha’i Faith by its Founder, Baha’u’llah and interpreted by His son, Abdu’l-Baha. These themes include the concepts of harmony between all the races and religions of the world and the establishment of world peace and unity. They also reflect spiritual qualities needed to achieve these principles. The paintings offer a social commentary with a positive dimension – the suggestion of hope for the future of mankind.
The Baha’i Writings provide the initial inspiration from which the compositions are designed, not necessarily in a direct illustrative form, but elements (abstract or representational) are juxtaposed to express the general essence of the theme. Further impact is sought by using strong, vivid colours.
Kathy is also inspired by themes from the environment, such as landscapes, birds, flowers and cultural images such as Carnival and other Festivals for which Trinidad is renown. These themes may be depicted simply as representational images, or more recently Kathy has been experimenting with different techniques and media and expressing various elements in creative and inventive ways.
Kathy is a member of the “Women in Art” organization in Trinidad. She is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society and a founder member of the group, “CANVAS CARIBBEAN”, which is an Association of Graduates from the Visual Arts department of the University of the West Indies. She was elected as the first President of this group (2005 –2006). Kathy has participated in numerous group exhibitions.
“…in this wonderful new age, art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer wilt thou come to God. What bestowal could be greater than this, that one’s art should be even as the act of worshipping the Lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paintbrush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the temple.” – Abdu’l-Baha: from the Baha’i Writings