A Federal Way “fractal drawing genius” is gaining world-wide notoriety.

Jason Padgett was the victim of a traumatic assault eight years ago.  Instead of suffering brain loss, he gained the unique ability to see and draw certain mathematical images.

We interviewed Padgett in August and since our story aired, researchers across the nation and around the globe are taking notice of him.

 Jason padgett is obsessed with numbers -  he sees them as shapes.  Drawing them actually helps him relax.

 “It's so exact.  Maybe that's why it's so relaxing, no room for error.  When I’m drawing, everything else goes away.  It’s the one time I can actually focus all of my energy.” 

His obsession was the result of a traumatic brain injury.  Jason developed savant syndrome or synesthesia, and for the past eight years has been drawing fractals to perfection.  Jason says it's something no other human has ever done.  It’s only been created by computers.   

“Fractal is a shape that when you decompose it into pieces, the pieces are the same or similar to the whole. I see everything geometric.  Specifically little lattice structures of which every other shape builds upon.”   

 When Q13 fox news first interviewed Jason. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were consulting with him on a fractal fusion reactor.  Since then, he’s gotten a number of inquiries.  He got a call from the University of Mississippi. 

“ They are flying me out to conduct functional MRI's of my brain.  Basically they want to see what I'm doing while I draw in my head, mapping my thought process. “

Just this week, Jason returned from a trip to Boston.

"I was at Sky Scan.  They are the largest planetarium builders in the world, and want to make my fractals into a film for educational purposes."

This spring, Jason’s notoriety will take him around the globe to Sweden.  He'll speak at Stockholm University. 

"I'm excited and a little bit nervous, a lot of people will be there, but real scientists that are going to be able to focus on this.  They are the ones who will be able to make a big difference.  I’ll be joining the likes of Sir Roger Penrose.  He co-received the Wolf prize in Physics for the study on black holes.  Stuart Hammerhoff will also be there."

All told, Jason says it’s been a bit overwhelming, but he’s up for the challenge.    

His wife, Ilena, keeps him balanced and on track

“I am very proud of him and excited for all the wonderful things that will come this year. “

Jason is also writing a book about his experiences.