Its hold over the human imagination is unparalleled.
Sixty percent of the human body is composed of it, and it covers seventy one percent of the Earth's surface.
Without it there is no life, and yet it is taken for granted as inexhaustible, used and abused in myriad ways.
Through the ages untold millions have died fighting to gain control of it, yet it continues to sustain life for all humans, not just a few.
It is a source of wonder and worship to many, a conveniently unregulated dumping ground for toxic waste to others.
In its passive state it can evoke great calm and serenity, which is why most of the world's population wants to live within sight of it. And yet, when agitated, it is fearsome, wildly unpredictable and deadly in the extreme.
Examining the indelible mystery and beauty of the greatest gift we've been given is central to much of my work.
The Water is Wide comes from the great traditional song of the same name.